Monthly Archive: March, 2010

Day 31 of 31: SOLSC

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Congratulations on reaching the final day of our month-long writing challenge!  Please link your SOLS today before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time today. Additional Notes: Click here to learn more about the prizes people… Continue reading

Good Bye March (Ruth’s SOLS 31/31)

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March you whirled around and around. March you spent hours on the computer, more than you like, but somehow still not enough. March you stayed home, enjoying the grey days almost as much as… Continue reading

The Way We Speak

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The way we speak has been on my mind a lot lately. I read Peter Johnston’s Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children’s Learning (Stenhouse, 2004) when it was fresh off the press. At the… Continue reading

Day 30 of 31: SOLSC

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  Edited:  I was touched by Kevin’s heartwarming reflection via a podcast that he posted today. He reflects about why he writes for 31 straight days each March. Will you follow his lead… Continue reading

Walking on Sunshine (Ruth’s SOLS 30/31)

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I know it’s shocking that they aren’t red, but nonetheless these are my latest pair of shoes from my mom. I’ve been wanting a pair of yellow shoes, and even with the big… Continue reading

Day 29 of 31: SOLSC

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Congratulations on reaching the 29th day of the Slice of Life Story Challenge!  Stacey will start celebrating Passover this evening, so I’m taking over for the last three days of the Challenge.  Please… Continue reading

Dinner Disaster (Ruth’s SOLS 29/31)

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All of this happened in less than ten minutes. “Come on in for dinner,” I called out the front door. Andy and the kids began picking up the baseballs speckling our yard. Then in… Continue reading

Summer Plans?

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The 5th annual All-Write Summer Institute is planned for June 21 – 22 in Shipshewana, IN. At an ubelievable price, it is something you may want to consider. If you register before May… Continue reading

Day 28 of 31: SOLSC

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Welcome to the 28th day of the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Please link your Slice of Life Story, using the exact URL of the post you’re submitting today, to this post by… Continue reading

Counting Down to Break (Ruth’s SOLS 28/31)

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Four more happy wake ups until Spring Break. The days before break always challenge me to continue savoring each day. I tend to get caught up in anticipating vacation and I forget to… Continue reading

Day 27 of 31: SOLSC

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The weekend is upon us!  Be sure to check out some of the things we’ve been blogging about this week, which have a way of getting lost behind the calls for Slice of… Continue reading

Shoe Shopping (Ruth’s SOLS 27/31)

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“I’m double excited with sprinkles on top,” Sam said on our way to my parents’ house. “Papa and I are going to have a grrrrrreat time!” “Not as much fun as we’re going… Continue reading

Day 26 of 31: SOLSC

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Welcome to the 26th day of the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Please link your Slice of Life Story, using the exact URL of the post you’re submitting today, to this post by… Continue reading

Photos Galore! (Ruth’s SOLSC 26/31)

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One of the things I’ve fallen behind on due to writing the book is processing my photos. I have a little system I go through to get from camera to prints (to scrapbooking)… Continue reading

Going Public with Student Writing

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Most young writers long for an audience who will read and respond to their writing in a thoughtful way.  One of the most important gifts you can give your students is the desire… Continue reading

Day 25 of 31: SOLSC

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Today is the 25th day of the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Please link your Slice of Life Story, using the exact URL of the post you’re submitting today, to this post by… Continue reading

Topic Choice Mentors

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Sometimes, when we offer students choice during a poetry unit of study, they get come up empty.  One topic that all kids have something to say about is school.  Whether they love it… Continue reading

A Grey Day (Ruth’s SOLS 25/31)

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It’s been a grey day today. All day the sky has been shades of grey and the rain has come down. I like grey days from time to time. They make me want… Continue reading

Day 24 of 31: SOLSC

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Today is the 24th day of the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Please link your Slice of Life Story, using the exact URL of the post you’re submitting today, to this post by… Continue reading

Good Night (Ruth’s SOLS 24/31)

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(Since it’s nearing the end of the month, I’m pushing myself to collect ordinary Slices that represent my daily life.) It goes like this: Good Night Sam Here’s a keep-you-forever-hug, Momma. He hugs… Continue reading