We’ve never been the kind of family that’s gone around the table telling each other what we’re thankful for, though I always wished we could have been. However, I think … Continue Reading Stacey’s Memoir Monday Post: Thankful
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As promised, I’m going to be blogging about a variety of sessions I attended at NCTE this past weekend. Some sessions dealt with the teaching of writing, while others dealt … Continue Reading I Can…
In the past few months, I’ve analyzed a couple of picture books, Those Shoes and Sweet Smell of Roses , to determine the craft moves I can teach my students. … Continue Reading Unpacking Picture Books
Last night, Stacey & I put together our first digital story. Although it is quite rough, a bit cheesy, and borderline ridiculous — the benefits far outweigh the potential embarrassing … Continue Reading Reflecting on Digi-Storytelling
Snowden Campbell presented at NCTE on Saturday afternoon. She shared a strategy called “Moments of Clarity” with us. Moments of Clarity are essentially epiphanies we have as humans… it’s when … Continue Reading Moments of Clarity
The newest Web 2.0 Tool I learned about yesterday at NCTE is called bubbl.us. It’s a brainstorming tool, which I briefly demonstrated, while Ruth taped me using a digital camera, … Continue Reading Online Brainstorming Tool
As promised, here’s the presentation, ‘”I HATE WRITING!!!’: A Discussion About Inspiring Reluctant Writers By Writing Alongside Them,” we gave today. Ayres & Shubitz 2008 NCTE Convention Presentation
This afternoon Ruth and I attended a presentation by Shannon Baumann entitled “Digital Storytelling in the K-5 Classrooms.” Baumann gave us a plethora of suggestions for creating digital stories with … Continue Reading Digital Storytelling
For a few days we’re just a few blocks apart, not 872 miles apart! We’ve spent the day in sessions, which we’ll be blogging about soon. Right now, we are … Continue Reading We’ve arrived in San Antonio!
In the next 24 hours, Ruth and I will go from being 872 miles apart to being in the same city, San Antonio, which we couldn’t be more thrilled about! … Continue Reading We’re Headed to NCTE!
Nearly all of my students turned-in the first drafts of their personal essays today so that they could get my feedback. Awesome, right? YEP! The only thing is that they’re … Continue Reading I’ve Got My Work Cut-Out For Me Tonight
“It’s like a hard-working office in here Ms. S.,” my student said to me as I stood back admiring how diligently all of my students were working this morning. I … Continue Reading “It’s like a hard-working office in here Ms. S.”
EDITED @ 9:47 P.M.: OH NO! MR. LINKY ISN’T WORKING!!! PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT WITH THE LINK TO YOUR SLICE OF LIFE STORY! SORRY!!!! It’s time for our weekly SLICE … Continue Reading Slice Away!
Today I began teaching “English 9 A.” As we squeezed into a skinny oblong ring, I could already sense a community being formed. The simple act of sharing names and … Continue Reading day one.
I’ve been wanting to write a “Where I’m From” poem for many years now. Originally inspired by George Ella Lyon’s poem, shared in a workshop by Georgia Heard, then by … Continue Reading More Penny Inspiration.