It begins with character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and … Continue Reading Words that are Speaking to Me
This book will be for sale on May 10 and I suggest you make a plan to get it! I’ve read it to my own kids more than ten times … Continue Reading Slightly Invisible
Something that I’ve noticed about myself is the thing I do THE MOST when writing is rereading. I spend exorbitant amounts of time rereading. Then I reread some more. Then I reread … Continue Reading Rereading. Rereading. Rereading.
I liked this book. A lot. It’s sweet and charming, and makes me realize that maybe there’s a part of me that’s a hopeless romantic. After I read it, I … Continue Reading Making Characters Come Alive
Last week my dad turned sixty. My brother, his wife, Andy, and I decided it called for a party. So we planned (and pulled off) a surprise party for him. … Continue Reading Ruth’s SOLS: I Love My Dad!
The first time I attended a conference for teachers (I was in college), I attended a keynote speaker lunch. At the end of it, I told the people I was … Continue Reading Keynotes On My Mind
I’ve been thinking about the difference between pushing and nudging lately. Last summer I listened to Katie Ray and Matt Glover talk about nudging primary students as writers. At first … Continue Reading Nudging
“Have compassion for yourself when you write. There’s no failure — just a big field to wander in.” – Natalie Goldberg
Do you know this book? My son loves it. Like serious love. So I brought it into a second grade workshop and they loved it too. In fact, this week … Continue Reading Train Books I Love (And Kids Do Too)
Today I conferred with a fourth grade girl who was doing her best to write a feature article. I watched her for a few minutes before I conferred with her … Continue Reading A Tough Conference
What were your teaching points in today’s minilessons? Here were mine: 4th grade feature article (informational writing) unit: Writers use specific words about the subject when writing informational texts. 4th … Continue Reading Today’s Teaching Points
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I know most of us relish in the small celebrations of student writing everyday. This happens when we use student work to teach a minilesson, give positive feedback during a … Continue Reading How Often Do You Celebrate Student Writing?
“Often I’ll find clues to where the story might go by figuring out where the characters would rather not go.” –Doug Lawson
This week I conferred with the student (K.) who wrote the above spread. The illustrations prior to this spread were rich with setting details. I was surprised when I turned … Continue Reading Using Share Time to Ask for Help
Today Maggie Gayton asked her first graders to write a reflection about what they have learned recently as a writer. Her students, using pictures and words, reminded us of the … Continue Reading First Grade Reflections
Last month at MRA, I listened to Jacqueline Woodson speak about her writing process. It wasn’t the first time I heard her speak and I hope it won’t be my … Continue Reading Plotting Short Fiction
Sam: Momma, guess what. Me: I don’t know, what? Sam: Get ready, because this is a big one. Me: Okay, what? Sam: Are you ready? Me: I’m ready. Sam: Okay, … Continue Reading Guess What (Ruth’s SOLS)