Monthly Archive: December, 2009

Picture Books in Upper Elementary School

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The Fall of 2006 brought me the savviest class I ever taught.  Nearly all 32 of them scoffed at me on Wednesday, September 6th when I pulled out Nothing Ever Happens on 90th… Continue reading

The Power of Place

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The more I write and collect stories, the more I realize the power of place.  Thinking about a place can jog all kinds of memories — even ones you forgot you had.  This… Continue reading

Last Chance to Contribute to the SOLSC This Year!

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Intentions.

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A few years ago I began thinking of New Year’s Resolutions in terms of intentions.  As opposed to resolving to do things, I intend to do things in 2010.  This seems to make… Continue reading

Applying for RTT Funding

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As we were reading The New York Times this morning, my husband, who knew about the post, “Teacher Compensation & Standardized Test Scores,” I wrote last week mentioned an article on page A12… Continue reading

Articles You Might Enjoy

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Many people across the world are celebrating Christmas today.  I may not be one of them, but I wanted to just post some links to education articles today.  Therefore, I’ve scoured the ‘net… Continue reading

Mentor Texts That Keep Students’ Interest

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Every now and then I’d pick a dud-of-a-book to read aloud.  However, more often than not, my students loved the books I read aloud and subsequently used as touchstone texts.  Was it that… Continue reading

Holding On to Good Ideas . . .

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My apologies for a short (and late) post.  My six-year-old came down with a nasty stomach virus on Saturday.  She was back to normal by Sunday afternoon, but then it attacked the remaining four… Continue reading

Teacher Compensation & Standardized Test Scores

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Last week I began reading Steven L. Layne’s Igniting a Passion for Reading: Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers (2009). By the time I finished page five, I had a highlighter and a… Continue reading

Share a Slice of Your December Life with Us!

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A “To Be” List

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Last week as I was trying to keep everything straight, I made a “To Do” list.  I was reminded of an article my mom shared with me about a year ago about a… Continue reading

One Little Word 2009

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For the past several years, Stacey and I have chosen One Little Word to live by for the year.  (This idea came from Ali Edwards.)  My 2009 OLW is delight.  (In previous years… Continue reading

Woo-Hoo!

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Thank you, readers, for your support of Two Writing Teachers.  The EduBlog Awards were announced last night and . . . Two Writing Teachers was selected for the Best Teacher Blog 2009! Ironically… Continue reading

Using One Book for Many Purposes

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When I started teaching I owned a handful of picture and chapter books.  I came armed with this handful and my love for Judy Blume.  I knew I liked to write, but really… Continue reading

Anchor Charts

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Anchor charts have been on my mind lately.  I believe they can be a powerful tool in Workshop, yet I think I haven’t quite tapped into their power.  Therefore,  I’ve been considering these… Continue reading

SOLSC and the Holidays

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Like many Americans, I spent this past weekend at a holiday party.  I prepared blue and white cupcakes before traveling 250 miles for the Chanukah party I attended in New England.  As you… Continue reading

“Hi!”

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For the past six years I have been talking with a student in our school corporation.  The conversation has been completely one-sided because he has cerebral palsy and isn’t able to communicate with words.  However,… Continue reading

The Eddies

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We’re honored to have been nominated in the “Best Teacher Blog” Category of The Edublog Awards 2009.  We are humbled to be part of this group, which is a short-list of the many… Continue reading

It’s Finally Published!

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I submitted the essay I wrote , alongside my fourth graders who were writing research-based, “This I Believe” Essays, to ThisIBelieve.org almost six months ago.  About three months after it wasn’t published, I… Continue reading

Planned & Unplanned Mentor Text Conferences

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I have been a bit of a mentor text aficionada for the past three and a half years.  It all started when I asked an incoming class of fifth graders this question at… Continue reading