Monthly Archive: May, 2011

Goodbye May? (Ruth’s SOLS)

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May how can you leave already? It feels like you just arrived. Really, our time together has passed too quickly. I’m reminded of the importance of documenting the little things. The sweet smiles… Continue reading

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Summer Writing Plans

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I’ve been seeing a lot around the blog world and on Twitter about summer reading plans. I think it’s also important to help the writers in our classrooms think about their summer writing… Continue reading

Buglette Blog Tour Giveaway Winners

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Did you enter the Buglette, the Messy Sleeper Blog Tour Giveaway?  If so, you may have been one of the six lucky people who won a copy of the book or a “DO… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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I focus on creating situations that force the character out of her comfort zone, raising the emotional stakes as I go along. If I’ve developed conflicts that are organic and in keeping with… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: Avenues for Differentiation Through Writing Workshop

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Amanda Villagómez is a 6th-8th grade language arts teacher in an eastern Oregon dual immersion charter school. She alternates teaching in English and Spanish on a weekly basis and delights in having the… Continue reading

Writing Institute

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The Summer Institute for the Teaching of Writing at Teachers College begins in just a few short weeks.  This year, I’ve decided to take advanced sessions that focus on the primary grades.  I… Continue reading

Celebrate!

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I feel like I have to apologize. Because of the storms, I keep coming home to no Internet. Boo! So like Monday, today’s post is from my phone. (I’m hoping there won’t be… Continue reading

This One’s For Me: Ruth’s SOLS

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It’s been one of those days where I’ve spent too much time wishing I were something else. Wishing I were older, with the luxury of experience. Wishing I could walk away without caring… Continue reading

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What Are You Reading

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Leave a comment and share… What have you read lately… For fun? That your students loved? That changed the way you teach? On the web? That you couldn’t put down? That made you… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

GUEST BLOG POST: The Way Forward With Brainstorming

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Alan Wright is an Australian education consultant who has worked extensively in the United States and Australia. Based in New York for almost six years, Alan worked across primary, middle and high schools.… Continue reading

EEK! Slice of Life Prizes!

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My apologies to the recipients of giveaways for the Slice of Life March Challenge. As mind boggling as it is, I actually forgot about getting them out. (This is the reason Stacey handled… Continue reading

Buglette Blog Tour + A Giveaway

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Buglette, the Messy Sleeper arrived at my doorstep about two weeks ago.  (Review copy provided by Tricycle Press.)  I was immediately drawn to the book for the fact that I was notorious for… Continue reading

How’s your writing workshop going?

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The year is beginning to wind down, so it is a perfect time for a little reflection on writing workshop. Here are the questions whirling in my mind. I’d love to know your… Continue reading

Looking for a Wink (Ruth’s SOLS)

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“Yessssss,” a little voice said as I pulled out of the garage. Smiling, I asked, “What are you so excited about?” “Look at the sky,” Sam said. It was grey. Overcast. Dreary. Cloudy.… Continue reading

C’mon… Kumon?

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This past weekend I needed to pick up a few feeding-related items for my daughter at Buy Buy Baby.  Since Isabelle was sleeping, I found myself weaving through the brightly-lit aisles of the… Continue reading

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Monday Possibilities.

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People grumble, growl, and roll their eyes when it comes to Mondays. Monday mornings are good fodder for jokes. However, I like to look at Monday as a day of possibilities. It is… Continue reading