Monthly Archive: November, 2008

“Stories in Hand” Meets “Poetry Friday”

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"Characteristics You Inherited" Layout Originally uploaded by teachergal I decided to use the first layout I created for the Stories in Hand Class I’m taking with Poetry Friday. The story spark I used… Continue reading

Dear President-Elect Obama

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Every Wednesday evening my students read the cover story in Time for Kids and then complete one of the worksheets. It’s not exactly how I’d like to do current events, but sometimes it’s… Continue reading

Check these out!

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My friend and colleague, Karla Hayden, shared the following. Lookybook.com — Check out the hundreds of titles that are read aloud!  (This is great for SmartBoards.) Storyline Online (Screen Actors Guild) — There’s… Continue reading

Printing & Punching

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Things that need to be punched…, originally uploaded by teachergal. I promised to give a Stories in Hand Update. However, there’s not much to tell you yet since I’ve been printing and punching… Continue reading

A Slice + Some.

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Today I had the privilege of listening to Bill Meyer tell his powerful story.  He is a survivor of the Holocaust.  He is the fourth Holocaust survivor I have heard speak in person.  Although… Continue reading

Am I making it too hard?

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I’ve been wondering lately, am I making this — writing workshop, reading workshop, teaching — too hard?  With my quest to zero in on good instruction, wise conferring, and powerful shares have I lost… Continue reading

Netvibes

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Every now and then I try out a new technology and really like it. This morning that new technology is NETVIBES. In an instant it allowed me to create a personalized page with… Continue reading

The Hunt for Dashes

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Mentoring: Dashes Originally uploaded by teachergal I strategized a bit today about how to help my student understand how to use dashes. I used the About.com piece (that I referenced in my previous… Continue reading

SOLSC – Link Your Post Here!

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Time for our weekly Slice of Life Challenge. Click on the image-linky to link your post to this one.

Some Honest Reflections on Our Profession

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Juliann wrote a Slice of Life Story today that included the following paragraph: This job of teaching is a tricky one. It is one that doesn’t stay behind when you close the classroom… Continue reading

Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: WAKE UP!

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I thought I was dreaming as I heard the sound of the familiar tone that wakes me every morning. I looked at the clock, 5:12 a.m. I searched for my phone. Not on… Continue reading

Stacey’s M.M. Post: Carrying It All With Me

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Overstuffed File Tote Originally uploaded by teachergal When I lived in Manhattan I never carried that much stuff to and from school daily. After all, I couldn’t negotiate the stairs on the subway… Continue reading

Memoir Monday Is Here!

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Link your memory to this post by clicking on the image linky below:

Dashing Around to Find Dashes

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During Family-Teacher Conferences, one of my students mentioned that she wanted to know “what that line was” that Harper was using throughout Just Grace, a book I lent her. I figured she meant… Continue reading

Share Talk

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Deb has a great post that contains some prompts, from Corgill’s Book Of Primary Importance, to help kids when they’re sharing. Click here to read the list of prompts, which I know I’m… Continue reading

Homemade Stickers That Promote Writerly Habits

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I’ve been thinking about investing in a sticker machine for quite some time now, but couldn’t justify it. However, when I thought about how much I’ve been paying for stickers lately, the idea… Continue reading

Boxes & Bullets: Framing Personal Essays

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News & Announcements Chart for Monday, 11/10/08 Originally uploaded by teachergal In order to keep my demonstrations fresh, I’ve come to believe that I have to craft a NEW piece of writing each… Continue reading

S.I.H. Class Starts Tomorrow

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Just a reminder, for those of you that signed up and will be joining Ruth and I (and probably 50,000 other people), that the Stories in Hand Class begins tomorrow. Make sure you… Continue reading

Religion & Publishing Celebrations

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Lisa posted a question that really got me thinking about something I’ve never faced in my classroom: parents whose religion does not allow their child to partake in celebrations of any kind. While… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: T.G.I.F.

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Thank goodness I’m home this Friday! I spent the past four weekends traveling to family events, conferences, etc. I’m so glad the week-end’s here. Hence, a T.G.I.F. Poem by Rusty Fischer. goes to… Continue reading