Monthly Archive: April, 2009

Poem a Day 8.

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The last one!  🙂  Today’s challenge is to mentor yourself after a favorite poem.  It could be one of the poems people have shared in our challenge or it could be your self-portrait… Continue reading

Poem a Day 7.

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Today’s challenge is to think COLOR.  Write a poem inspired by color.  It could be your favorite color, a happy color, or a color that represents your day (hey . . . that… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life: Walking.

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I used the same topic for my slice as I did my PAD.  (Hey, Ruth, where are your PADs?  I’ve collected them and put them together to share on the last day of… Continue reading

Day 100, Swine Flu, etc.

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Tomorrow marks the 100th Day of President Obama’s Administration. Today also marks the day that our school stepped up our prevention of the Swine Flu. (Click here for an acrostic poem I wrote… Continue reading

Poem a Day 7

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The challenge today lies in creating an acrostic poem which is meaningful.  As opposed to using a single word for each letter, attempt to string phrases together which still achieves an acrostic poem,… Continue reading

The Final SOLSC for April 2009!

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Share a slice of your day with us.  All you have to do is write it out and then link it to this post by leaving a comment.

Poem in Your Pocket Day Is Coming!

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One of my colleagues and I collaborated to create a bulletin board for the 4th and 5th graders to use in case they come without a poem in their pockets on Thursday. (My… Continue reading

Memoir Monday Meets Poem a Day 5

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Let’s merge the two!  Perhaps use a repeating line such as I remember . . . Happy Writing!  Link your memory-related post to this one by leaving a comment on this post. Please… Continue reading

Conventions Celebration

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I spoke with my student teacher about a half hour ago. She’s designing an assignment for my students to show-off their knowledge of conventions since we’re ending our unit of study (on conventions)… Continue reading

Poem a Day Challenge: 4

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Today’s challenge is to attempt some personification.  Can’t wait to see the poems linked via the comments.  Happy writing!

Where Do You Want to Go This Summer?

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Professional Development can go hand-in-hand with a summer getaway! Think about seeing a new place and learning something too. Here’s what other readers mentioned as great summertime p.d. opportunities to help you enhance… Continue reading

Poem a Day Challenge: 3

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For today’s poetry inspiration, put on your poetry glasses and see something in the world in a new way.  Often times this is easiest achieved by using a comparision.  I tried this with… Continue reading

Poem A Day Challenge: 2

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Hello Poets!  One of the ways poets create images is by using the senses.  For today’s challenge, write a poem about your favorite season, using as many of the five senses as possible. … Continue reading

Stimulus Dollars + Writing Instruction

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I, clearly, love the idea Mary Tedrow proposes in her article about investing money in quality writing instruction for our Nation’s students. Please read this article about spending stimulus dollars on writing instruction.   … Continue reading

Poem A Day Challenge: 1

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Link your poems (or Google Docs) here.  Happy Writing!

Big Picture Series: Poetry Matters.

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One of the reasons poetry is so powerful is because of all that can be taught and learned via this genre.  Since typically this genre is short it makes it manageable for students… Continue reading

Get Ready!

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It’s coming . . . Eight Days . . . Eight Poems . . . Insight into poetry that only comes from being a poet yourself. Join us for our poetry challenge:  What? … Continue reading

Action Research Update

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Part of the reason I took a blogging break last week was because I was in San Diego presenting with some of my former classmates and instructors at the AERA Conference.  We presented… Continue reading

Big Picture Series: Poetry Matters

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March 2009’s Voices from the Middle included an article by Georgia Heard entitled “Celestino:  A Tribute to the Healing Power of Poetry. ”  In typical Georgia Heard style, the article is both eloquent and… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life: Book Group Discussion

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Today the ninth grade class I work with met for a discussion about their books.  They did a phenomenal job!  I stood in awe as I watched the groups come together, students listen… Continue reading