Monthly Archive: September, 2011

An Old Favorite

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“If you want to teach me to write,first you must love me.” — Avi

Planning Idea

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I’m super fortunate to be working with a couple of third grade teachers (Hi Sandy & Dan!) who are interested in helping their writers to naturally develop more sophisticated writing processes. Their students… Continue reading

How do you know?

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Often when I’m working with teachers, I get the question: How do you know? This can be in response to a number of things: minilesson ideas, conference teaching points, share sessions, anchor charts,… Continue reading

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Unit of Study Phases

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In preparing to talk with teachers about planning a unit of study, I created this chart to help show how I encourage students to individualize the writing process instead of forcing a lockstep… Continue reading

A Few Questions for Peter H. Johnston + a Book Giveaway

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I’ve learned the importance of communicating clearly with students through the Responsive Classroom training I’ve had and books I’ve read about teacher-talk.  One book that resonated with me several years ago was Choice… Continue reading

National Day on Writing

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The Third Annual National Day on Writing is coming up on Thursday, October 20th, 2011.  What will you do to celebrate the art of writing in your classroom next month?

A Scavenger Hunt

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Last week I talked with a group of intermediate teachers about writers’ notebooks. We discussed the importance of writers’ notebooks to the life of a writer, as well as how to get them… Continue reading

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Conference Roles

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I like to think of a writing conference as a conversation. Just like many common conversations, there is a predictable structure to the writing conference. I think it’s important for us to teach… Continue reading

How to Write

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This past week I’ve had several conversations with young writers about how to write something. Not the logistics of making letters or spelling words, but how to craft their writing in order to… Continue reading

And the winner is…

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Grireland, who left the twentieth comment (which corresponds the #20 picked by the random number generator I used) is the winner of the $100 DonorsChoose Gift Card from Intel.  Congratulations!  Please send me… Continue reading

Martha Horn!

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Martha Horn is coming to NE Indiana on October 14, hosted by the All-Write Consortium. I’m super excited to hear her thoughts about teaching our youngest writers. If you are interested in attending,… Continue reading

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Beginning the Journey

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Today I worked with 17 teachers who attended the All-Write Primary Beginning Writing Workshop. Basically it’s a training for teachers who want to learn the basics of writing workshop and get it going… Continue reading

Reflections on September 11th

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Ten years have passed since September 11th, 2001.  In 2001, I lived in Manhattan when the planes hit the Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, PA.  Today I live in Central… Continue reading

Recap of our Summer 2011 Guest Blogger Series

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Labor Day came and went this past Monday.  Nearly every teacher and child I know is back in school.  Therefore, our summer guest blogger series has come to an end.  Next Friday Ruth… Continue reading

Watch a Video & Then Enter to Win a Gift Card

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Longtime readers of this site know that I’m a big proponent of DonorsChoose.  During my years as a classroom teacher I had over 65 proposals funded on DonorsChoose thanks to the generosity of… Continue reading

Teach the Writer

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I wish we could change the world by creating powerful writers forever instead of indifferent writers for school. —Mem Fox I just want to take a deep breath and read those words again.… Continue reading

Getting Ready for the Tenth Anniversary of September 11th

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It’s rare for me to read the “Sunday Business” section of The New York Times.  I’m more of a “Sunday Review,” “Sunday Styles,” front section, “Metropolitan,” “Travel,” and “Book Review” (in that order)… Continue reading