Monthly Archive: April, 2011

Words that are Speaking to Me

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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 pencil trying to… Continue reading

Slightly Invisible

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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 already and today… Continue reading

Rereading. Rereading. Rereading.

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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 it aloud. Something… Continue reading

Making Characters Come Alive

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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 had to track… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: I Love My Dad!

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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. Saturday evening nineteen… Continue reading

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Keynotes On My Mind

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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 with, “Someday I… Continue reading

Nudging

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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 I didn’t think… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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“Have compassion for yourself when you write. There’s no failure — just a big field to wander in.” – Natalie Goldberg

Train Books I Love (And Kids Do Too)

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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 Duck vs. Gum… Continue reading

A Tough Conference

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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 and noticed she… Continue reading

Today’s Teaching Points

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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 grade fiction unit:… Continue reading

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Link your slice here. Happy writing!

How Often Do You Celebrate Student Writing?

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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 conference, and give… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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“Often I’ll find clues to where the story might go by figuring out where the characters would rather not go.” –Doug Lawson

Using Share Time to Ask for Help

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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 to these pages… Continue reading

First Grade Reflections

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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 power of writing… Continue reading

Plotting Short Fiction

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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 last. She is… Continue reading

Guess What (Ruth’s SOLS)

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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, brace yourself and… Continue reading

Hello Slicers

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