Monthly Archive: November, 2009

Cris Tovani Thoughts

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About a month ago, All-Write hosted Cris Tovani.  I probably should have blogged about the workshop the next day, but I didn’t.  Instead, I’m blogging about it today after I’ve had some time… Continue reading

A Different Kind of Pen Pal

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I was so honored to chair “Integrating Blogs, Podcasting, and Digital Videos into Fourth and Fifth Grade Language Arts Classes” at NCTE this year.  I learned a tremendous amount about the right way… Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Wish for You!

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  Special thanks to Bonnie Kaplan for this photo. Make a Smilebox greeting

Mentoring Primary Writers

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The past eight days have been exceedingly busy, while also being exceedingly great.  First, Ruth was here and we spent a lot of time planning out the final third of our book.  Then,… Continue reading

Chasing Dreams: Part II

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I had envisioned being able to share with you some of the dreams on my freshmen’s lists.  However, Monday we had a lock down drill smack in the middle of block two, altering… Continue reading

Join us for today’s SOLSC!

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Poetry Party

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Sylvia Vardell chaired “Poetry Party! Celebrating 2009 NCTE Poetry Award Recipient Lee Bennett Hopkins,” which Ruth blogged a little bit about on Friday.  This was by far the most fun I’ve ever had… Continue reading

Chasing Big Dreams: Part I

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I rolled into my driveway around 8:30 last night.  Andy had given our kids late naps so they could stay up and see me.  This may not have been our best parenting move. … Continue reading

Independence in the Primary Classroom Through Talk, Text, and Motivation

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Katie Wood Ray, Matt Glover, and Isoke Titilayo Nia hosted a session entitled “Independence in the Primary Writing Workshop,” which Ruth and I attended yesterday morning.  Ray, Glover, and Nia provided information about… Continue reading

Creating Comics from a Real Life Experience

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We were fortunate to cross paths into Kevin Hodgson when we were walking through the Convention Center at NCTE this afternoon.  He was leading a Tech on-the-Go Presentation about creating digital comics with… Continue reading

Tatum: Using the Pen to Rescue to Power

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“Let our testimony be our pen.” – Anonymous African American Male from Chicago I found myself rushing to get my lunch from the Reading Terminal Market so I could eat it while listening… Continue reading

Swirling Thoughts from NCTE

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Today was a good day, but what day at NCTE isn’t?  Since we just finished our last session and have dinner plans in a few minutes, you’re getting a list of swirling thoughts. … Continue reading

Change & Personal Narratives

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“There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus As a child, I didn’t know much about change.  I moved from Brooklyn to New Jersey when I was a baby.  I switched schools in… Continue reading

A Few Random Bits of Life

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Right now I’m sitting in Stacey’s kitchen, thinking how good it is to be in the same house as my friend. I already know I have a great class.  (We’ll see if I still… Continue reading

Slicin’

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Today.

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Today is the first day of the new trimester.  This means two things: I get to teach my own class starting today — English 9A with 26 students. I barely slept last night… Continue reading

Writing About Thanks

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    There’s just a little over a week to go before Thanksgiving. Do you know what you’re most thankful for? Want to ruminate about the things you’re most thankful for through writing?… Continue reading

Integrating Blogs, Podcasting, and Digital Videos

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NCTE’s Annual Convention in Philadelphia in next week.  I’m delighted to be chairing a session for some educators from California entitled “Integrating Blogs, Podcasting, and Digital Videos into 4th and 5th Grade Language… Continue reading

Ah, to be 13 again. Well, not really.

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I’ve had 13, a collection of short stories edited by James Howe, sitting in my bookshelf for the past few years.  I bought it based on the recommendation of a staff developer at… Continue reading

November 11th

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