Earlier this month I shared an idea about a writing station (aka: center) for older students. Another product from Chronicle Books has crossed my desk and has piqued my interest … Continue Reading Haiku Writing Station
The other day I posted about minilessons being one way to plant a seed of learning. I firmly believe this is a purpose of a minilesson and then through independent … Continue Reading Minilesson Part II
One of the things I’m working on as a writing teacher is keeping minilessons, well, mini. As I’ve focused on this goal, I’ve realized sometimes lessons go long because I’m … Continue Reading Minilessons Plant a Seed
Right before I went to sleep last night I checked my e-mail. It contained a couple of useless e-mails from companies trying to get me to by their wares as … Continue Reading Words of Wisdom for Former Students
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is … Continue Reading Words that are Speaking to Me
You know how athletes practice more than they play in games? The same is true for writers, especially our student writers. They must write more than they publish. When I … Continue Reading Draft More Than You Publish
Patricia Polacco’s newest book, The Junkyard Wonders, can be used during the first month of the school year when you’re teaching students about the climate of respect (for differences) you … Continue Reading Polacco’s Newest Book
I’ve been home sick with a horrendous cough and cold this week. I’ve had to cancel everything for the past three days in an effort to get well. Needless to … Continue Reading The Stir Over Superman
lock·step noun, often attributive \ˈläk-ˌstep\ Definition of LOCKSTEP 1: a mode of marching in step by a body of persons going one after another as closely as possible 2: a … Continue Reading Planning Read Alouds that Support the Workshop Model
How are you planning to celebrate the authors in your classroom? The longer I’m a part of writing workshops, not to mention the more I write, the more I believe … Continue Reading Let’s Celebrate!
Giving characters free will, instead of outlining them in detail before writing begins, allows the story to flow naturally and allows the characters to become more real and more interesting than they … Continue Reading Words that are Speaking to Me
The past few months I’ve been reading several authors’ blogs and I keep coming across the abbreviation W.I.P. Finally I figured out it means Work In Progress. WIP is part … Continue Reading WIP?
Tomorrow will be the first Friday in over three months that there will not be a guest blogger posting. Ruth and I are going back to posting on alternating Fridays. … Continue Reading Recap: Guest Blog Posts
This question has been tumbling around in my mind lately: What is most important when it comes to literacy instruction? It stems from state mandates, district expectations, curriculum guides, and … Continue Reading What is MOST important?
Welcome to our weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge. If you’re a regular participant, then go ahead and link away. However, if you’re new, or are thinking about sharing your … Continue Reading Joining-in & Sharing a Slice of Life
When we think of using mentor texts when teaching writing workshop, often our first thought is to use them at the beginning of a unit of study so students can … Continue Reading Mentor Texts in the Midst of Writing
Everywhere I turn these days, I seem to be faced with another article about education reform. From Time Magazine to The New York Times, it seems everyone is covering education … Continue Reading An Education Reform Article Worth Reading
A view of the Lower Manhattan Skyline on the evening of September 11th, 2010 (from Jersey City, NJ): From 09-11-10 I am one of the New Yorkers who did not … Continue Reading Remembering: Nine Years Later