This post is as much for me as anyone. I believe in finishing the school year strong. However, this belief tends to conflict with a natural urge to shut down … Continue Reading Keep Going ‘Til the End!
“This is a story about darkness and light, about sorrow and joy, about something lost and something found. This is a story about Love.” —Walt Disney’s Cinderella Retold by Cynthia … Continue Reading Words that are Speaking to Me
An integral part of being a writer is taking time for reflective practice. The end of the school year is one time to ask students to reflect on their lives … Continue Reading Year-End Student Reflection
Earlier this month, The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice, which is written by Wendy Pfeffer and illustrated by Linda Bleck, was released by Dutton Children’s Books. The Longest Day … Continue Reading Journey Around a Topic
Today I attended a second grade Popcorn Poetry Party. All the second graders gathered in the shade outside with parents and fans (i.e., teachers) surrounding them. They took turns “popping … Continue Reading Celebrate!
Many teachers are spending preparation periods working with colleagues to develop a curriculum map for the 2010-2011 school year. Developing a scope and sequence that is developmentally appropriate, interesting to … Continue Reading How much can you fit into one school year?
My daughter brought this home in her backpack. She reads 10 books this summer, completes this, takes it to a Borders, Borders Express, or Waldenbooks, and gets a free book. … Continue Reading You Won’t Want to Miss This!
Words tickle him like fingertips in the ribs. — Jerry Spinelli, Loser
I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking about literary essays lately. The topic first came up in early May when I was consulting with a third grade teacher who … Continue Reading When’s the right time to start writing literary essays?
With the school year wrapping up, I’m assuming that many of you are starting your final units of study. I’m sure many of you are doing an independent writing project … Continue Reading Inspiration for an Independent Writing Project
Stories are as unique as the people who tell them, and the best stories are those in which the ending is a surprise. At least, that’s what Travis Parker recalled … Continue Reading Share Your Story
Late, I know, but sometimes things are just too fresh to write about on demand. Here is what I was hoping I could get out yesterday. Grey skies surrounded our … Continue Reading Ruth’s SOLS: 16 May 2010
We’ve been reviewing a lot more books on this blog in the past year. Therefore, it’s time for us to share a review policy, inspired by The Reading Zone and … Continue Reading Book Reviewing Policy
One of the things which took me a few years to really understand is what goes in a writer’s notebook. It was one of those thinking journeys which twisted and … Continue Reading What Goes in a Writer’s Notebook?