Monthly Archive: December, 2008

C’mon & Slice Away on This Mid-December Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday Everyone! We’re looking forward to reading your slice of life stories. Just link your story’s URL to this post as a comment. (Did I mention I’ve completely given up hope with… Continue reading

Slicing Away on Tuesday

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Note: Jazz Music will play when you open up the slide show below. Make a Smilebox slideshow

Poetry in the Classroom

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I was recently invited to write a post for the Stenhouse Blog. It just went live today. It’s a compilation of ideas about how to infuse poetry into the classroom.

Writing Lessons at ReadWriteThink.org

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After reading through “Using Web 2.0 in the Classroom” in the most recent issue of Reading Today, I went online to ReadWriteThink.org to read through a lesson entitled “Weekly Writer’s Blogs.” It was… Continue reading

Time for Memoir Monday!!!

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Please link your Memoir Monday Post to this one by leaving a comment. (For now, we’re through with Mr. Linky.) Thanks! Also, please feel free to use the new badge, above, alongside your… Continue reading

Strongest Wedding Memories

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Strongest Memories from My Wedding Day Originally uploaded by teachergal I was perusing the Stories in Hand Sparks from Jessica Sprague’s Online Class I took last month. With just eight days left until… Continue reading

The Invitation

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I feel like someone handing out bids during Rush, which is not a great feeling. However, this is the invite I’m extending to five students for a lunchtime writing group, which will start… Continue reading

Writing Behaviors & the Process

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With the action research project I’m about to embark on, I’m trying to get a better hold on the writing behaviors my students, who do not write regularly, possess. I reached for M.… Continue reading

Do You Believe?

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Take a few minutes to watch this young man who addressed 20,000 Dallas teachers at the start of this school year. It’s all about believing in yourself, your students, and what we can… Continue reading

“But I don’t have time to teach grammar!”

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Ever feel like you need more time for grammar instruction, but just can’t seem to find the time? That’s certainly how my colleagues and I feel. Hence, one of them went off on… Continue reading

Well-Wishes for the Holidays

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All warpped-up with positive social-emotional wishes Originally uploaded by teachergal This year my classroom has had an “It’s not easy being green” theme. (And yes, I felt a bit old in September when… Continue reading

Using Precise Language When Writing About Reading or When Writing in One’s Notebook

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I conferred with one of my students during Reading Workshop today about the writing she was doing about her reading. I noticed the words “things” and “stuff” appearing. I showed her the poem… Continue reading

Classroom Research

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I think I finally formulated the question I am going to use to guide the teacher-research I’m going to do in the months to come. It is: What kinds of things can I… Continue reading

Poetry Friday & Photo Fridays Collide!

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Even though my inbox is full… Originally uploaded by teachergal Sometimes I like to let Poetry Friday and Photo Fridays collide here. It pushes me to write about my photo in verse, rather… Continue reading

Looking for a Few Interested Writers

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I wanted to see which ones of my students were interested in working with me on my action research project (as focal children). Every kid in my class said they would like to.… Continue reading

Touchstone Texts Helped

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11 out of the 17 students who were present yesterday turned-in their drafts. Nine of them will be getting customized letterhead. Good number, right? I found that the packet of touchstone texts (letters)… Continue reading

Readings for Student Teachers

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My student teacher’s program informed me that I could give her some reading to do over the winter recess. (I’ve already met Miss M., as I’ll refer to her going forward, and she’s… Continue reading

My Life as a Reader.

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The first unit of study is coming to a close.  The summative assessment is two part.  First, students are to create a multimedia presentation (text + image + audio) of their past, present,… Continue reading

More from NCTE: Jim Burke + Assignments

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For the last session of the conference, I attended a session with Jim Burke, Jeff Wilhelm, and Alan Sitomer geared toward secondary teachers.  It was excellent, so excellent that I took 13 pages of… Continue reading

It’s Time to Read This Article (if you haven’t already).

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Have you read the article on Michelle Rhee in the latest issue of Time? If not, click here to read about this controversial Chancellor of Education in the Washington, DC Public School System.… Continue reading