Monthly Archive: July, 2010

Words that are Speaking to Me

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“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” –William Wordsworth

Guest Post: Threaded Adventures

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Kevin Hodgson. Kevin teaches sixth grade in Southampton, Massachusetts at the William E. Norris Elementary School, where his students use technology for publishing and creation throughout the year. He is also the technology… Continue reading

Now This is Kinda Fun

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Check out these top ten lists on Merriam-Webster Online. There’s things like: Top Ten Phrases from Shakespeare Top Ten Words for Things You Didn’t Know Have Names Top Ten Unusual Phobias Top Ten… Continue reading

Writing Heals

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Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: Nate

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Less than 24 hours after eating gummy worm brownies with Nate, Andy and I found ourselves standing in a hospital room with his family. Although Nate was young and strong, he had a… Continue reading

Join Us for Slice of Life Today!

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What I Learned about Teaching Writing from Swim Lessons

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Although this post isn’t what I intended to write today, it is the post that needs to be written today. Nate is a good friend of my husband and mine. He is quite simply amazing.… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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For hours, she wrote, attempting each night to complete ten pages of her life. There was so much to consider, so many things in danger of being left out. Just be patient, she… Continue reading

Guest Blog Post: A Blogging Adventure

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Amanda Villagómez is a 6th-8th grade language arts teacher at a dual immersion school in Ontario, Oregon. She blogs about her teaching and learning at Snapshots of Mrs. V. Her current areas of… Continue reading

There are teaching jobs out there!

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Educators around the country have received pink slips due to budget crises in districts across the country.  That being said, there are jobs in education out there (though you have to be somewhat… Continue reading

How do you choose what to read?

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I was sharing my goal to read 100 YA fiction books so I could begin to really understand the inner-workings of the genre when my friend (Hi The Other Ruth!) asked me: “How… Continue reading

Ranting & Writing

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My afternoon session, “Writing from the Heart: Finding Your True Voice,” at the TCRWP Writing Institute was taught by James Howe (aka: Jim).  During the course of the week Jim provided us with… Continue reading

Share a Slice of Your Life!

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Reflection after Returning the Manuscript

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According to Merriam-Webster Online: Main Entry: copy editor Function: noun Date: 1899 1 : an editor who prepares copy for the typesetter According to me: Main Entry: copy editor Function: to prevent me from being… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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Your stuff starts out being just for you . . . but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right—as right as you can anyway—it belongs… Continue reading

Listen Like a Writer: A Guest Blog Post by Annie Campbell

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Annie Campbell is a third grade teacher in Richmond, Virginia.  She keeps a blog, Write Now in Room 204, which is a place for her to share her class’s daily experiences along with… Continue reading

NWP: Call for Action

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The education funding bill that relates to the National Writing Project (NWP) will be marked up in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee this week.  Please contact your senators to request continued support for NWP… Continue reading

Book in Progress

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A few people have left us comments asking about the writing process for our forthcoming book, Day By Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice, since we announced that we… Continue reading

Supporting ELL Students in Writing Workshop

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One of the best closing sessions I attended at the Writing Institute was given by Amanda Hartman.  “Scaffolds and Supports We Can Put in Place to Support Our ELLs (K-2)” was a 45-minute… Continue reading

SOLSC & Community

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It’s funny how the Slice of Life Story Challenge has created a virtual community of writers.  In November, Ruth and I met up with Bonnie Kaplan and Kevin Hodgson when we attended the… Continue reading