Monthly Archive: December, 2008

Action Research: Student Engagement in the Writing Workshop

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I bounced the idea of an action research project around with the person who observes us each year. We chatted about developing an action research project for my classroom that I can carry… Continue reading

Holiday Gifts

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I was listening to the John Tesh Radio Show as I drove to Ceramics Class last night. A segment entitled “What Are Kids Asking Santa for This Year?” came on as I was… Continue reading

Stacey’s SOLS: At the Car Wash

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I was tooling around with Photoshop 7.0 for just a bit this evening. Here’s the Slice of Life Story I created with words + pictures. The text looks blurry below, but it’s completely… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life: 5:23 am

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Each morning, near 5:20 am, I am reflecting on my daily bible reading and devotions.  A hot cup of tea keeps my frigid hands warm.  I am completely ready for the day —… Continue reading

Remember This.

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In the rush of December, let’s remember: Be happy today. Be kind and be generous with your smile — you’ll start some ripples. — Stacey Julian, Altogether Too Happy

It’s time for the Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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The New Slice of Life Story Challenge Button! Originally uploaded by teachergal We look forward to reading and commenting on all of the Slice of Life Stories that you link to this post.… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Christmas is Coming!

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 Edited:  This is a digital layout created using Photoshop Elements (download a free 30 day trial version here) for a class I’m taking from JessicaSprague.com called Up and Running with Photoshop (it’s a self-paced course and on… Continue reading

A Bit of Perspective.

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Late Friday night, after having friends over for dinner, decorating a birthday cake, and cleaning the house in preparation for a birthday party the next day, I found myself vegging out with blogs. … Continue reading

Memoir Monday Is Here & So Is the New Badge!

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Please link your Memoir Monday Post to this one by leaving a comment. (I’ve given up hope with Mr. Linky.) Thanks! Also, feel free to use the new badge, left, alongside your Memoir… Continue reading

Stacey’s Memoir Monday Post: Wedding Memories

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I’ve been admiring Ruth’s Photoshop talent for quite some time. She encouraged me to try out Photoshop Elements 7.0 (PSE), which has a free online trial. I started toying around with it yesterday.… Continue reading

New Buttons.

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Now if these don’t inspire you to participate in this week’s challenges, then I don’t know what will! Feel free to use these buttons for your Memoir Monday and Slice of Life Tuesday… Continue reading

Letterhead

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Tuesday’s News & Announcements Chart Originally uploaded by teachergal As you know, Sunday’s are for chart-making in my home. I just finished creating this week’s News & Announcements Charts (for Morning Meeting) as… Continue reading

CFG

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I recently learned what a Critical Friends Group, or CFG, is from one of my colleagues. I’m curious to learn more. If you participate in a CFG, please leave a comment so we… Continue reading

Tech Tools You Should Know About Too

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I met with one of my colleagues after school yesterday to talk-tech with her. We did some URL swapping as well. Here are some of the amazing sites she informed me about, which… Continue reading

Making More Time for Independent Notebook Writing

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My grade-level colleagues and I discussed ways to make more time for independent writing during our last common planning session. One thing that was mentioned was setting aside some time in-class, whether it’s… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Freight Train

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Freight Train Delay on the Way to Work Originally uploaded by teachergal I had an exasperating drive to work yesterday morning. It could’ve been worse… I could’ve been the one in the MVA.… Continue reading

Encouraging Students to Use Line Breaks

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love is – line breaks Originally uploaded by teachergal One of my students experimented with other genres this week, one of which was poetry. She wrote a gorgeous poem about what love is… Continue reading

Writing About Tragedy

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The recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai reminded me of how fragile life is. Stories of everyday people who were visiting and working in Mumbai, such as the Brooklyn couple who were held hostage… Continue reading

Possibilities.

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This quote from Penny’s book spoke to me today: “Writers don’t need to be given formulas; they need to be shown possibilities.”    — Barry Lane I’ve been thinking about this.  So often, in… Continue reading

A Gift from a Young Writer

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One of my former students e-mailed me this evening with the first draft and the final draft of a personal narrative she wrote for her seventh grade English Class. She invited my comments,… Continue reading