Monthly Archive: May, 2009

Updated End-of-Year Letter Guidelines

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Here’s what I’m giving my students to work on over the course of three days this week: Guide to End of the Year Letters to Ms. S. NOTE: Your paragraphs do not need… Continue reading

Thesis Statements

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3 out of 18 Folders + Typed-Up Thesis Statements for the Entire Class Originally uploaded by teachergal Each of my students spent an extended time on the rug yesterday, crafting a thesis statement… Continue reading

good for the soul.

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A blog which inspires me to find the big meaning in the moments of my life and then write about them is This Ordinary Day.  There are multiple contributors to the blog, which makes… Continue reading

Values & Thesis Statements

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Bubbl.us: Values and the Holocaust Originally uploaded by teachergal My students will be crafting their thesis statements for their essays today. As a pre-cursor to thesis creation, I had them complete a “Values… Continue reading

Teaching Tips Via You Tube.

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Mindy Hoffar, leader of the All-Write Consortium, directed me to these You Tube videos.  Need a teaching tip in a minute or two?  Check out these!

What Should A Child Write About Over the Summer?

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Annie tackled a question many parents ask teachers at the end of the school year yesterday on her blog.  Here’s an excerpt of her post, which she has authorized me to reprint in… Continue reading

The Final Unit of Study

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My students are embarking on their final unit of study of the school year. We’re doing research-based essays, which I’m attempting to tie-into the “This I Believe” Style. I have my teaching points… Continue reading

a text message.

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i saw a workshop that is just like ours used 2 b!!!  🙂 I received this message on my phone last week.  It came from a former student who was observing Writing Workshops as… Continue reading

SOLSC – The Last One for May

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  It’s the final SOLSC of the month of May. Share a slice of your day with us by posting it as a comment.

Happy Memorial Day.

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Today’s Memoir Monday post is inspired by Memorial Day.  Here is my little guy when he was only 6 months old.   

Try to remember… And if you remember…

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Please share your memories with us today and every Monday.

Happy Birthday Stacey!

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Happy Birthday to You Happy Birthday to You Happy Birthday Dear Stacey Happy Birthday to You! Thinking of you today, my dear friend.  Watch your mail.  🙂

Special Visitors

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My parents stopped by their classroom to meet my students yesterday.  They were supposed to stay for a few minutes.  In reality, they stayed for over thirty. There was no plan for their… Continue reading

Minilesson Power!

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Earlier this week my schedule was changed, so I used the unexpected time in the high school classroom I’ve been in the last several months.  We are in the middle of major research projects, with the… Continue reading

End of Year Classroom Rituals

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I’ve noticed that a post I wrote last June, about letters I have my students write to me at the end of each school year, has been getting a lot of clicks lately.… Continue reading

All-Write Summer Institute.

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What do these people all have in common? Carl Anderson Max Brand Aimee Buckner Dan Feilgeson Candace Fleming Kelly Gallagher Lester Laminack Stephanie Parsons Gary Schmidt Frank Serafini Jacqueline Woodson Besides being leaders… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: Saturday Morning

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A few minutes before 7:00 am and I hear the pitter-patter of feet making their way down the stairs.  I look up and see two giant smiles, “Good morning, Mom,” they say in… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge

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It’s the third SOLSC of the month of May. Share a slice of your day with us by posting it as a comment.

Ruth’s Memoior-ish Monday: Bridal Shower.

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This weekend I went to a bridal shower and I was reminded of my own wedding preparations.  Isn’t it strange the way time plays with your mind? It seems like it was just a… Continue reading

Memories…

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Please share your memories with us today and every Monday.