Monthly Archive: August, 2009

New York Times Article about Reading Workshop

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Mindy Hoffar, leader of the All-Write Consortium, sent this article to coaches.  The article opens a discussion of teaching according to the reading workshop philosophy versus the “canon” of assigned texts.  Although, perhaps the… Continue reading

Back to School: I’m Thankful . . .

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Inspired by Friday’s “Living Like a Writer” post, I took a few moments to slow down and make a list of gratitudes when it comes to my teaching life.  To kick off Back… Continue reading

Back to School Week.

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Next week will be a week where we celebrate returning to school.  It is our vision to use the week to answer questions or elaborate on ideas that are most pressing to our… Continue reading

Living Like a Writer: Slow Down.

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So much of writing is living.  The actual putting of words to paper is only a small fraction of what it means to be a writer.  For us in the Midwest, school is… Continue reading

The Power of Three

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When I was at the TCRWP’s Writing Institute a couple of weeks ago, there was a buzz about the power of three. Funny how I’ve been in and around lots of writing-related professional… Continue reading

Congratulations Penny Kittle!

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As I was finding links for the last post, I came across this announcement on Heinemann’s website: Congratulations to Penny Kittle! She has won the 2009 NCTE’s James N. Britton Award for Write… Continue reading

Need inspiration? Check out this book!

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I have loved Wednesdays this summer on Two Writing Teachers.  Lately Stacey has been blogging on Wednesdays and I’ve been envisioning my post for one of my recent favorite books from the field.  … Continue reading

Another Tuesday. Another Call for Slice of Life Stories.

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Link your Slice of Life Story to the comments section of this post. Happy Writing! Last night, when Ruth and I were on the telephone, I informed her about an experience I had… Continue reading

Memoir Monday

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Welcome to Memoir Monday.  Those who are regulars, we are looking forward to reading your memories as you record them and share them today.  If you are new to Two Writing Teachers, or… Continue reading

Living Like a Writer: Goals for the Upcoming School Year

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Raise your hand if your administration makes you do goal setting at the beginning of the school year? Okay. Now raise your hand if your administration collects the goal setting you do as… Continue reading

Mentor Texts: The Importance of Rereading

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I live with a three year old.  Sometimes he becomes obsessive about a book.  He’ll get on a streak and only want the same story read over and over and over — many… Continue reading

Professional Talk: Shared Writing 2.0

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I recently received a review copy of Teaching the New Writing: Technology, Change, and Assessment in the 21st-Century Classroom, which is edited by Anne Herrington, Kevin Hodgson, and Charles Moran.  The text is… Continue reading

Are you out there Slicers?

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My apologies for the late post today.  Teachers returned yesterday at my school district.  We had huge thunderstorms and lost power.  Can you imagine no copy machines on the day before opening day? … Continue reading

Memoir Monday: Origins of Writing

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the questions Pam Muñoz Ryan posed to the audience at the TCRWP Writing Institute last week. There are many reasons I write: to communicate with others quickly,… Continue reading

Living Like a Writer: Why do you read and write?

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I had the absolute pleasure of listening to Pam Muñoz Ryan deliver the keynote address at the TCRWP Writing Institute this past Wednesday. (And to make things even better, she even signed my… Continue reading

What book will you read aloud on the first day of school?

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When I was a middle school teacher, and now in most workshops that I lead, my favorite first read aloud is Hooray for Diffendoofer Day by Dr. Seuss (with some help from Jack… Continue reading

Professional Talk: Differentiation in Word Study

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I recall hearing about differentiated spelling words, for students in Word Study, the first time I visited the school I taught at in Rhode Island.  I was unsure of how it would be… Continue reading

SOLSC: Internal and External Writing

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This week I am immersed in professional development at the TCRWP Writing Institute.  One of the many things Lucy Calkins eloquently discussed in yesterday’s Keynote Address was the idea of writing in order… Continue reading

Second Memoir Monday of August

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It’s now the second week of August. In Central Pennsylvania, it feels hotter and muggier. In fact, yesterday morning we even had a thunderstorm. While I wish it was a bit cooler, I’m… Continue reading

Living Like a Writer: Someday

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Yesterday morning I received a promotional e-mail from The Daily Planner, a company that sells oodles of interesting writerly supplies.  I perused around their site for a few minutes, find an “8 Days… Continue reading