Monthly Archive: October, 2011

Storytelling

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One of the ways Martha Horn suggests launching workshop is to spend a significant amount of time steeping the workshop in storytelling. In fact, she suggests every child tell a story aloud to… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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What we call little things are merely the causes of great things; they are the beginning, the embryo, and it is the point of departure which, generally speaking, decides the whole future of… Continue reading

Just Listen. Just Listen. Just Listen.

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These two words cycle through my mind every, oh I don’t know, maybe, every five seconds during writing workshop (and other times of the day, but I’ll keep focused on being a teacher… Continue reading

Technology Articles from The NY Times

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There are two articles that have been published in The New York Times in the past week that are worth reading if you teach or have young children. (1)  A Silicon Valley School… Continue reading

Differentiation – Pilates & Writing Series: Part 2 of 5

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If you do a Google image search for a “Teaser Pilates,” hundreds of photos will come back to you.  Many of the photos are of a person sitting on a Pilates mat with… Continue reading

Twitter Tips

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A few days ago Linda Baie asked me to share some ideas for using Twitter. I remember thinking the same thing. Remember the reason I started tweeting in the first place? I wanted… Continue reading

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Tech Workshop — Cool Things Before the Presentation

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My friend June Yazel and I are putting together a workshop called: Tackling Technology in a Writer’s World. We are planning two different versions, one for elementary teachers and another for content area… Continue reading

From the Book Stack

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Dear America The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart: Cannons at Dawn by Kristiana Gregory (Scholastic, 2011) is in Hannah’s book stack. It takes place during the Revolutionary War, which is one of… Continue reading

New Thinking About Mentor Texts + a Giveaway

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I was recently offered a position as an adjunct professor starting in 2012.  I will be teaching a graduate course about using children’s literature to teach writing.  As I prepare to teach this… Continue reading

Modifications – Pilates & Writing Series: Part 1 of 5

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I began working with one-on-one with a Pilates instructor in August 2008, just 15 months after I had an artificial cervical disk replacement in my neck.  In an effort to regain the strength… Continue reading

From the Book Stack

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One of the features I’ve been wanting to add is something called From the Book Stack, highlighting the stacks of books around my house. One of the reasons I’ve wanted to do this… Continue reading

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It Feels Good…

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It was one of those days where writing workshop just felt good. Here’s a little recap of the highlights. First thing this morning, I implemented the things I’m learning from Martha Horn from… Continue reading

I Will Come Back For You Giveaway Winner

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Many thanks to Schwartz & Wade Books for hosting a giveaway of Marisabina Russo’s new book I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II.  If you missed… Continue reading

Nananana!

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Imagine me gloating because I spent the day learning about our youngest writers with Martha Horn. Check out the day on my Twitter feed.

750 Words

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Bonnie wrote about 750 Words in one of her Slice of Life Story Challenge posts over the summer.  I immediately signed up and got excited about writing (essentially) three pages every day.  I… Continue reading

Drafting

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If you are a regular reader, you know a lot of my thinking lately has been about writing process, and specifically nudging third grade writers into more traditional drafts. Today’s post is a… Continue reading

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Writing Process in Action

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A few posts ago I shared my evolving thoughts about the writing process. Last week I was able to put my thinking to the test. In third grade, kids were getting ready to… Continue reading