Monthly Archive: November, 2010

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Ugly Fish Book Giveaway Announcement

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There were lots of people who entered the Ugly Fish book giveaway.  Unfortunately, there’s only one winner for the drawing.  The lucky winner of a copy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Ugly Fish is… Continue reading

Writing as Gifts

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We have three weeks until winter break in my school district. This is the perfect time for a unit about using writing as gifts. To begin this unit, we are asking students to… Continue reading

Nurturing & Nudging Independence

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Last weekend at NCTE, I had the pleasure of attending a session co-led by Patrick Allen, author of Conferring: The Keystone of Reader’s Workshop.  Patrick shared  some questions that he and one of… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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Anybody can write an exciting story and make it interesting. The trick is to . . . write a quiet story and make it interesting. — Hemingway

Gratitudes

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Oops, this was suppose to post yesterday. I’m thankful for . . . Silly jokes that make giggles come alive Ordinary moments captured with words Photos documenting life The privileged work of education A… Continue reading

Say Hello + Giveaway: Bullying Series

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The message in Say Hello, which is written by Jack and Michael Foreman, is so simple.  The message to young readers is that you should reach out to a person, who looks lonely… Continue reading

Twitter as PLN

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I joined Twitter at the beginning of October. What began as an experiment in learning a new genre has become one of the best professional development experiences of my entire career. I’ve been… Continue reading

Goal Giveaway Recipient

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I’m pleased to announce that recipient of Goal, which is written by written by Mina Javaherbin and illustrated by A.G. Ford.  The giveaway goes to Heather Brougham-Cook.  Special thanks, again, to Candlewick Press… Continue reading

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NCTE: A Very Brief Reflection

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Hugged. Home. Unpacked. Can’t wait to talk with Andy. But first, a very brief reflection of NCTE. I promise more will come. Still, in a word, this is what I’m taking away from… Continue reading

Don’t Fall Apart Now!

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This-coming weeks marks the time of the year that I recall a few of my former students falling apart.  Why?  Thanksgiving, which marks the beginning of the holiday season, falls out in the… Continue reading

Ugly Fish + Giveaway: Bullying Series

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We’ve all dealt with people who subscribe to the philosophy of “what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine.”  In fact, most of us have taught those children at least once (Let’s… Continue reading

Our NCTE Presentation Is Tomorrrow.

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Ruth and I will be presenting at at the NCTE Annual Convention tomorrow afternoon.  Our presentation on reflective practice will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Saybrook Room at the Disney Yacht and… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge

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End of a Fantastic Day

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It’s been a long day at Literacy for All. We each attended great sessions (which I’m sure you’ll find out more about in upcoming blog posts), presented two different sessions, and are now… Continue reading

S&S Giveaway Winners

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Thanks to everybody who entered The Boss Baby Giveaway.  Simon & Schuster Children’s Books will be sending the following books to the following people who left comments on the Boss Baby Post.  (If… Continue reading

Literacy for All — Tomorrow!

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We’ll be presenting at at the Literacy for All Conference tomorrow.  Our presentations are will be at 10:30 and 3:30 p.m. If you’re planning to be at either of the presentations, then please… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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If the story is in you, it has got to come out. — William Faulkner

Parent Communication

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As we venture into teaching writing in authentic ways, it is important to communicate with parents our teaching decisions. When using technology in writing and reading workshops, communication with parents becomes imperative. When… Continue reading