Monthly Archive: May, 2011

Sundays for the Soul: Serendipity

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Serendipity. Go ahead, say it aloud: serendipity. I love the way this word bumps out of my mouth. It’s a favorite word of mine, not just because of the way it sounds, but… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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I’ve been thinking a lot about letting little things go and focusing on the things that really matter. “Today, fill your cup with sunshine and laughter.” — Dodinsky

GUEST BLOG POST: Assessment + Writing = Closure

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For the nearly 20 years, Lisa Dewey Wells has taught early childhood (three-year-olds through third grade) at independent schools in Massachusetts, New York and Maryland, including the past 12 years at St. Anne’s… Continue reading

Misused Apostrophes

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The day I went into labor with my daughter I was transferred from a labor and delivery room to a postpartum patient room back to a labor and delivery room.  By the time… Continue reading

Bits of This & That

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Remember this letter that Allie sent to Eve Bunting last fall along with The Ghostly Scary Mystery she wrote dedicated to Eve Bunting? Allie got a response! Yes, there was a form letter,… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: I Have No Self-Control

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When it comes to reading fiction, I have no self-control. I tell myself novels are meant to be read over a series of days. I do not have to engulf an entire novel… Continue reading

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Noticing the World

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Last week, when the sun finally made an appearance on Friday afternoon, Christi and I ventured outside with her second graders and their notebooks. In the minilesson we talked about learning to write… Continue reading

Sundays for the Soul: Pass a Note

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Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you had a good day. It’s a bittersweet day for me. I spent so many years missing a baby on this day that even now I’m reminded that… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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The act of writing is an act of optimism. You would not take the trouble to do it if you felt it didn’t matter. — Edward Albee

Guest Bloggers

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We’ll be starting our summer Friday guest blogger posts a little earlier than last year. In fact, our first guest blogger, Lisa Dewey Wells, will be posting next Friday, May 13th. I’ve lined… Continue reading

Update: Day by Day

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There are a couple of exciting things that have happened with Day by Day since it came out late last fall. 1)  Day by Day is now available as an E-Book.  Same content as… Continue reading

Little Writer or Little Monster?

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Linda left a comment on my last rereading post reminding us about the voices we ask kids to turn off when they are writing. You know the voices — the monsters that tell… Continue reading

I’m Back.

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It’s been a little over four months since I’ve written a post on Two Writing Teachers, though I’ve been writing daily.  Everyone said “your life will change after you have a baby.”  I… Continue reading

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More on Rereading

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Last Friday, after Christi read Thursday’s post about rereading, she said, “Will you teach a lesson like that in here?” Naturally I was game and a little excited. Lessons are always better when you… Continue reading

Sundays for the Soul: Summer PD

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Make plans now to attend the All-Write Summer Institute! I’ll be there along with: Jeff Anderson Ann Marie Corgill Georgia Heard Lester Laminack Debbie Miller Katie Wood Ray Terry Thompson Cris Tovani Kristina… Continue reading