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 … Continue Reading Nurturing Primary Writers: A Q&A with Jennifer Jacobson
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 … Continue Reading An Exquisite Touchstone Text for Memoir
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 … Continue Reading Standardized Testing + Workshop
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 … Continue Reading Make Writing Workshop Work Better
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 … Continue Reading Office Tour
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 … Continue Reading Poem in Your Pocket Day is Less Than a Week Away!
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 … Continue Reading Make It Unique. Make It Your Own.
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 … Continue Reading Quips from Jeff Anderson
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 … Continue Reading A Bit of This & That
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 … Continue Reading Noise Level in Writing Workshop
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, … Continue Reading Love is in the Air: Poetry in Middle School
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 … Continue Reading A Dose of Poetry
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 … Continue Reading A Song for You, Momma (Ruth’s SOLS)
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 … Continue Reading Spilling Ink in the Classroom