Monthly Archive: August, 2010

Glogster

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I recently read a post on Raising Reading and Writers that talked about Glogster.  I hadn’t heard of Glogster, which is a tool for creating virtual posters, and therefore checked it out immediately. … Continue reading

Slicing on Tuesday

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Beginning Procedures

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I’m a believer in routine. When writing workshop is predictable everyone is able to work more efficiently. It takes several weeks to build the procedures necessary to create the culture of writing workshop.… Continue reading

Celebrate What You CAN Do!

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If I were still a classroom teacher, then tomorrow would be my first day back to school (unless I were still teaching in Manhattan, and then I’d be heading back the day after… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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When you first start writing — and I think it’s true for a lot of beginning writers — you’re scared to death that if you don’t get that sentence right that minute it’s… Continue reading

Launching Writing Workshop in the Primary Grades: A Guest Blog Post by Mary Brothers

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Mary Brothers is starting her tenth year of teaching with Dublin City Schools where she has taught first, second, and fourth grades. Last year she was a Technology Support Teacher for the district… Continue reading

Katherine Bomer Speaks About Her Newest Book

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I have admired Katherine Bomer’s work for a long time. Her books are exquisite.  Her love of children shines through when she speaks in front of a small group or delivers a keynote… Continue reading

Choice in Sharing

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Robert B. Parker. There is no one right way. Each of us finds a way that works for him. But there is a wrong way. The wrong way is to finish your writing… Continue reading

Quotations for Notebooks

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I like collecting quotes, especially quotes about writing.  If you like inspirational quotes, then here are a few about writing.  Some of these would be perfect to paste onto the inside front cover… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Evolution of Anchor Charts

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There are many ways to go about creating an anchor chart to use in your classroom. One way is to create the chart ahead of time and use it as part of your… Continue reading

A New Notebook for the New School Year

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Some teachers buy them for their students.  Some teachers have parents purchase their own.  Some teachers have school-issued marble composition books.  Regardless of where students’ writer’s notebooks come from, there should be some… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas everyday. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. — Orson Scott Card And this is… Continue reading

Imagining Possibilities: A Guest Blog Post by Ryan Scala

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Ryan Scala has been teaching 4th grade (both as a general educator and a co-teacher working alongside a special education teacher in an inclusive setting) for the past nine years in Springs School,… Continue reading

Start the Year with Some Small Poems

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Poetry has always been one of my favorite ways to get kids writing during the first weeks of school.  If you’ve done bio poems and are looking for an additional poetry activity, or… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: First Day Minilesson — What is Writing Workshop?

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Here’s a little Slice of Life from the first student day. As a coach, the first day is one of the days I miss the most about being a classroom teacher. Thankfully,  Christi… Continue reading

Fall Into Books with Your Students This Fall

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Up until last week, if you had asked me what book I’d recommend you read to your students to get them excited about Reading Workshop (Yes, Reading Workshop.  I know, I know, this… Continue reading

Share your writing today!

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The Power of Thanks

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Today was the first day back for the new school year. Students will come tomorrow. I spent my morning in a series of meetings and the afternoon helping teachers prepare for the first… Continue reading

GoogleDocs Just Got Better!

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Ruth and I spent a lot of time on the phone, using GoogleDocs, when planning and revising each chapter of Day by Day.  Yesterday we were planning for KSRA’s Annual Conference, which is… Continue reading