Monthly Archive: January, 2009

Choice in Writing Workshop: Is it possible even though it’s necessary?

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Another thing people’s comments on Ruth’s Post got me thinking about was the idea of CHOICE in Writing Workshop.  I wrote about it on this blog in 2007 after attending a session at… Continue reading

Teaching Students to Master Conventions in a Modern Way

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I read through the comments on Ruth’s latest post this morning.  It seems like many folks are feeling a little angst when it comes to grammar instruction.  You’re pulled between teaching kids grammar… Continue reading

Poetry Friday

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A lot of you have been leaving comments about your frustrations with regard to standardized testing taking away time from your teaching.  Hence, on this Poetry Friday, I wanted to share a Moore… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life: Heartmelting.

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This little conversation took place just after six o’clock this morning.  We were getting ready to visit a pregnant friend: Me:  So what’s happening to W.’s belly? My son:  There’s a baby growing… Continue reading

What’s On Your Mind?

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Just wondering what some of the issues are in our blog readers’ Writing Workshops.  Would you leave a comment and let us know what’s on your mind about Writing Workshop?  Don’t feel like… Continue reading

A Blessing in Disguise.

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Funny how sometimes when I post something, I’m tested on it the next day.  Following my post Why Memoir Monday?, fourteen out of fifteen students didn’t complete their homework on Tuesday.  The homework… Continue reading

The League

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Know a high school senior who has been accepted to college and loves to write?  If so, check out this link about scholarships.  Essentially, kids reflect on their civic experiences, in one of… Continue reading

Have You Ever Asked Your Kids for Feedback on YOUR Writing?

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A few years ago I often began asking my students to tell me what I did well as a writer and what I could work on as a writer when I gave them… Continue reading

Progress in the Writing Circle

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Remember that group of kids I wrote about who I decided to take upstairs for weekly lunches on Tuesdays? Well, the five of us didn’t meet last week because the entire class watched… Continue reading

The Last Slice of January

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Please link your Slice of Life Story Post to this one by leaving a comment. Also, we’re still looking for folks who are interested in participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge… Continue reading

Why Memoir Monday?

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When I giggle at my goal as a fifth grader to write a story a day, collecting thick purple folders of words and pictures, stapled into books, I remember the process of learning to… Continue reading

Time for Memoir Monday

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Please leave a link to your memoir-ish post by posting a comment with the link.

A New Writer’s Notebook Rubric

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Sometimes you have to let go of the reigns and allow your students to lead you, right.  Well, I’m preparing to do just that tomorrow when I work with my students, during Writing… Continue reading

Students and Standardized Tests

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MOteacher’s comment on Ruth’s post last night reminded me of those demoralized kids and the children I used to spend countless hours preparing for City and State Tests. MOteacher wrote: “Once talk of… Continue reading

A Must-Read About Letter Writing!

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Head over to the Choice Literacy Website to read an article Mary Lee Hahn wrote entitled “The Joy of Letter Writing: An Integrated Unit for Intermediate Students.”  It’ll surely inspire you to get… Continue reading

The Language We Use When We Teach

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I attended a workshop with Peter H. Johnston, Author of Choice Words, over two years ago.  He spoke a lot about the language we use when we teach.  A lot of what he… Continue reading

A Quick Reflection.

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Stacey and I are big on reflective practice.  (It’s one of the main reasons for our blog.)  To encourage you to do a little on your own, there’s a little poll below.  Won’t… Continue reading

Notebook Celebration: Reflection Sheet

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I volunteered to create a reflection sheet for our grade’s Notebook Celebration next week.  I inserted quite a few “critical literacy” questions, which will hopefully help the kids to reflect as deeply as… Continue reading

Prizes Needed for the Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Busy Adults Sometimes Need Incentives to Write!!! Last March, when we hosted the Slice of Life Story Challenge for the very first time Ali Edwards was generous enough to give away a copy… Continue reading

Assessing.

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Today my students turned in their narratives.  I couldn’t wait to read them, so I began today during my lunch.  I was touched by their writing, and impressed by the significant revisions many… Continue reading