Monthly Archive: June, 2011

Confer Like a Doctor

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I’m taking Carl Anderson‘s week-long class, Assessment-Based Writing Instruction: Use a study of Student Work to Generate Goals and systems for Recording Progress Towards Those Goals, at the July Writing Institute this week. … Continue reading

More All-Write Reflections

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I know I’ve spent several posts talking about the All-Write Summer Institute. This is because it was BIG! Here are more thoughts and reflections from the 2011 Summer Institute. Unfortunately I’m afraid I’ve… Continue reading

A Good Enough Gift

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“A pen is better than glasses as a tool for seeing.” –Lucy Calkins, Keynote Address, July Writing Institute, 6/27/11 I walked into the Levien Gymnasium yesterday morning and was greeted warmly by Tisha,… Continue reading

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Fear as Inspiration {Discover. Play. Build.}

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One of the basics I’ve stumbled across while writing fiction is to know what your characters’ fears are. Often tension is built around fear, making stories weave around and get to the heart… Continue reading

Blogstitute

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Our publisher, Stenhouse, is hosting a Summer Writing Blogstitute starting on Wednesday, July 6th.  Ruth and I are two of the seven authors contributing essays about the teaching of writing for the Stenhouse… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: Fostering a Love of Writing

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Maureen Ingram has taught in cooperative preschools in the Washington, D.C. suburbs since September 2000, working primarily with three year olds, and mentoring adults – both parents and teachers – in their work… Continue reading

The Annual Pennsylvania Writing Institute

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I’ve been spending quite a bit of time preparing for the morning session I’m leading at the Annual Pennsylvania Writing Institute in early August.  I am honored to have the opportunity to be… Continue reading

All-Write Reflection + {Discover. Play. Build.}

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Sometimes when an experience seems so big it is hard to focus a reflection. Sometimes it is hard to settle the thoughts and find the meaning. Sometimes it is difficult to even know… Continue reading

Book Giveaway

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I’ve been having a lot of issues with technology in my house this morning.  Therefore, I was not able to include a video of the random drawing for a copy of Tía Isa… Continue reading

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All-Write Conference

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I on purpose waited to write today’s post because I knew I’d have all kinds of ideas swirling after the All-Write conference. However, it is 10:15 and I’m just sitting down alone in… Continue reading

What Moves You?

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Last Wednesday I received the alumni magazine from my high school in the mail.  As my grade’s class ambassador, I went straight to the alumni notes section in the back of the magazine… Continue reading

Link with Love + Words that are Speaking to Me

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I recently came across this new initiative called Link with Love. Basically it is a group dedicated to giving credit where credit is due. Check it out and then read their blog, like them… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: Ending with Independence

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Lindsay Reyes began her teaching career seven years ago in South Carolina where she taught 4th and 5th graders. Following her heart for urban education and literacy reform, she moved to New York… Continue reading

Literacy Drive

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The official start of summer is just a few days away.  This summer, LitWorld, a non-profit organization led by Pam Allyn, supports the development of literacy worldwide.  LitWorld is putting together a summer… Continue reading

TEACHERS of Writers

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Thank you to everyone who left a note about the {Discover. Play. Build.} posts. I’m thrilled that you are feeling inspired and excited to pursue a writing adventure during the summer. I’m excited… Continue reading

An Interview with Meg Medina + a Giveaway

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Every now and then I receive a review copy of a book that wows me.  When Tía Isa Wants a Car arrived at my doorstep from Candlewick Press a few weeks ago, I… Continue reading

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{Discover. Play. Build.} What’s holding you back?

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There are a million reasons why we don’t have time to write. What are yours? What is keeping you from putting words on the page?Today take some time to think about the things… Continue reading