Monthly Archive: October, 2010

Storytelling Helps Kids in Many Ways and Meets the Standards!

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To date, 37 states and the District of Columbia have voluntarily adopted the Common Core State Standards.  Many teachers of writing are nervous about the adoption of the  Standards since there is a… Continue reading

Winner of the Stanley Books Giveaway

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I’m pleased to announce the recipient of the Stanley Series Giveaway, sponsored by Kids Can Press.  Betsy, who blogs at Learning to Teach Young Writers, is the lucky winner. If you haven’t read… Continue reading

1,000,000

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Yesterday we hit a new milestone on Two Writing Teachers — over ONE MILLION hits!  Thank you for your support and encouragement. In honor of one million, would you take a minute to… Continue reading

A Poetry Book for Boys

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Bob Raczka and Peter H. Reynolds‘ new book, Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys, was released earlier this month.  Guyku is a book of seasonal haiku poems written with a young male… Continue reading

Have you celebrated lately?

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Celebration is the fuel for writers. Sadly, I used to think celebration meant party and party meant fluff. This was an unfortunate misconception. Celebration is an essential component to a writer’s life. Without… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: Away.

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This afternoon Stacey said to me, “You don’t know what to do with yourself, do you?” She was right, I had no clue. Afternoons are the busiest part of my day. When I… Continue reading

Fall Literacy Conferences

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Ruth and I presented twice at the Keystone State Reading Association Conference this past Sunday and Monday.  We met lots of great people at the conference and would like to thank the folks… Continue reading

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Feeling Stressed?

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It’s that time of year for teachers . . . everything is piling-up, we’ve passed the “honeymoon period,” and our lists of things to do could stretch to the moon (and back). Add… Continue reading

Finishing Touches

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We’re putting the finishing touches on our presentations for the Keystone State Reading Association Conference, which begins today.  We’re looking for the fall literacy conference season to begin!  (We’ll be presenting at Literacy… Continue reading

Flip Cameras

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I always wanted a flip camera when I was in the classroom so I could capture those students engrossed in their writing, thoughtful peer conferences, and incredible share sessions.  However, by the time… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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I wanted to write literature that pushed people into their lives rather than helping people escape from them. — Harvey Pekar

Will you be at KSRA?

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Ruth and I will be presenting twice at the upcoming Keystone State Reading Association Conference in Hershey, PA this-coming Sunday and Monday.  Our presentations are scheduled for Sunday afternoon, October 24th at 4:00… Continue reading

Beyond Meow and Woof

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Stanley’s Little Sister is the newest book in the Stanley series.  (Check out the giveaway Kids Can Press is doing for readers of this blog post.  Details follow at the bottom of this… Continue reading

Showing a Story

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Recently, I taught a minilesson about showing a story. In typical intermediate grade fashion, students were writing stories filled with struggles, but slim on creating a picture in the reader’s mind. My minilesson… Continue reading

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Conferring.

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Tomorrow I get to meet with a book study group. We’re going to read Conferring: The Keystone to Reader’s Workshop by Patrick Allen. Deb Gaby, an incredible reading coach for my district is… Continue reading

Giveaway Recipient for The WORST-CASE SCENARIO Survival Handbook: Gross Junior Edition

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I’m pleased to announce the winner of the free copy of The WORST-CASE SCENARIO Survival Handbook: Gross Junior Edition.  Karen Dempsey’s name was picked out of my prize bowl this morning.  Karen, once… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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You have to be brave to take out that white sheet of paper and put on it words that could be evidence of your stupidity. — Sol Saks

So Excited!

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I just noticed our book, Day by Day is online at Stenhouse. Click here to check out the entire text!