Monthly Archive: April, 2010

Nurturing Primary Writers: A Q&A with Jennifer Jacobson

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No More “I’m Done!” Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades is a new book out this month from Jennifer Jacobson.  Since I consult with primary grade teachers, as well as upper elementary… Continue reading

An Exquisite Touchstone Text for Memoir

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I’ve long enjoyed reading aloud from What You Know First and When the Relatives Came when teaching memoir. I now have another text, Grandma’s Scrapbook written by Josephine Nobisso and illustrated by Maureen… Continue reading

Standardized Testing + Workshop

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Today I administered “The Sequel” of Indiana’s standardized test to a small group of sixth graders. This portion was all multiple choice. Last month was the first round of the test where students… Continue reading

Make Writing Workshop Work Better

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I will be consulting with a couple of teachers next month who have questions about how to make Writing Workshop work better for their special needs students.  One teacher has a student with… Continue reading

Share A Slice of Your Life Today!

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Office Tour

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Welcome to my office. 🙂 I’ll share some images and a little candid commentary. At the end I reveal my dark secret about organization. Computer Area I’ve used this so much the letters are worn off… Continue reading

Poem in Your Pocket Day is Less Than a Week Away!

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Be sure to have a poem you love inside of your pocket this-coming Thursday, April 29th, 2010 since that’s Poem in Your Pocket Day.  This day is such a big deal in New… Continue reading

Make It Unique. Make It Your Own.

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Last weekend I re-watched “With Honors,” the 1994 film starring Joe Pesci and Brendan Fraser. If you haven’t seen it, “With Honors” is about a Harvard senior who develops a relationship with a… Continue reading

Quips from Jeff Anderson

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Today I listened to Jeff Anderson speak. (Tomorrow I’ll be part of a study group he’s leading and watch him model in classrooms.) He is the author of Mechanically Inclined and Everyday Editing… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge

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A Bit of This & That

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You may consider today’s post random, however, I prefer to think of it as eclectic. There are some things I’ve been meaning to share, some things I’ve been preparing to share, and some… Continue reading

Noise Level in Writing Workshop

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One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve worked with many teachers across grade levels is we all have a different tolerance for noise level. This makes me realize that all of our students probably… Continue reading

Love is in the Air: Poetry in Middle School

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Springtime not only brings more poetry into our classroom, but it also ignites a desire for many middle school students to ask each other out.  When I taught fifth grade, I noticed some… Continue reading

A Dose of Poetry

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Recently I was directed to Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s new blog, The Poem Farm.  Amy’s poetry, photos, and insights are inspiring. You’ll find yourself filled with ideas for making poetry come alive in your… Continue reading

A Song for You, Momma (Ruth’s SOLS)

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Today was frustrating at work school. (I know it’s been a rough day when I begin referring to it as work.) On the way home Sam fell asleep in his car seat, which… Continue reading

Spilling Ink in the Classroom

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Nearly every professional book I’ve ever read has encouraged me to include guides about writing in the classroom writing center.  Year-after-year, I tried to search for books about writing for kids to stock… Continue reading

Join us for the weekly SOLSC.

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First Draft Writing

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When I was first learning about Writing Workshop, it was difficult for me to wrap my head around the process each student would be going through. I spent a lot of time thinking… Continue reading

Organzing Teaching Materials

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I recently received an e-mail asking me: How do you organize your material (mentor texts, charts, minilessons, etc.) for Writing Workshop?  I have just collected so much stuff this past year to do… Continue reading

You Be the Poet!

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My husband and I spent last week visiting our families in the NY Metropolitan Area.  When we returned to our home in Central Pennsylvania, we were greeted by bursts of yellow on our… Continue reading