Monthly Archive: December, 2011

GUEST BLOG POST: Needing To Take Care of The Nice Students, Too

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A NOTE FROM STACEY: “Nice” children are often overlooked in the classroom because they go with the flow. I’ll admit, I was one of those teachers who often sacrificed a conference with one… Continue reading

A Wintertime Read Aloud + A Giveaway

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One of the little words I’ve been thinking about adopting as my One Little Word for 2012 is wonder.  Wonder, as defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary, means: 1won·der noun \ˈwən-dər\ Definition of… Continue reading

Winner of Chanukah Lights

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Many thanks to Candlewick Press for sponsoring a giveaway of Chanukah Lights.  #14 was the number that came up using Random.org.  Jill Schalet was commenter #14 so she’ll receive a copy of Chanukah… Continue reading

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One Little Word

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We’ve posted quite a bit about having one little word to live by since we began blogging in 2007.  If you’re unfamiliar with the idea of one little word, then type “one little… Continue reading

Merry Christmas

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Around our house we’ve been preparing for Christmas. For weeks we have been celebrating advent, keeping our eyes on the meanings of this holy season. We named our four advent candles: kindness, respect,… Continue reading

My Latest Writing Project: A Blessing

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Yesterday I read an incredible blog post by Edgar M. Bronfman in The Washington Post‘s “On Faith” section.  I believe Bronfman’s article, “Create a holy Hanukkah,” was penned with the sole purpose to… Continue reading

Happy Chanukah + a Book Giveaway

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There are no shortage of books on Chanukah.  Despite the fact that Chanukah is not one of the major Jewish holidays, there are lots of books, some of which aren’t so good, written… Continue reading

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The Book Stack…

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Or maybe this post should be called: “The Book Stack?” with a big bold question mark. Seriously, I have stacks and stacks and stacks of books we’ve read, books we want to read,… Continue reading

A Special Visit

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. –Alphonse Karr Last Saturday my cousin got Bar Mitzvahed in New York.  I tacked-on a few extra days to my weekend away so… Continue reading

Want to hear some thoughts about celebrations?

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Recently Franki Sibberson interviewed me about the importance of writing celebrations. It was posted on Choice Literacy this week and you can listen here. While there, sign up to receive the Choice Literacy… Continue reading

The Carpenter’s Gift Giveaway Announcement

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Many thanks to Random House for sponsoring this giveaway.  Tracy Austin will receive a copy of The Carpenter’s Gift by David Rubel.  If you missed the original post about this incredible book, then… Continue reading

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Writing Groups + Classrooms

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My writing group is an important part of my life as a writer. It’s more than just accountability, but feedback and camaraderie and, well, if I’m super honest, fun. When I was a classroom teacher,… Continue reading

I’ve been studying sentence structure…

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I was watching or listening or reading something this week — I don’t remember what — but the message was: You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. True. (And probably… Continue reading

A Blogging Secret

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I have a little secret about blogging. Sometimes I don’t feel like blogging. Sometimes I want to avoid the little post box. Sometimes, like right now, I’m so far behind on my email… Continue reading

Write –> Publish –> Touch Other People’s Lives

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Annie Campbell, some of whom you know from the “Write Now In Room 204” Blog is a master third grade teacher.  I met Annie at the TCRWP Summer Writing Institute in 2008.  We… Continue reading

QR Codes

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My kids are junkies when it comes to QR Codes. They love spotting them. They are addicted to the thrill of scanning. They like the possibility of where the QR Code might take… Continue reading

SOLSC + Thinking About Slicing in a New Way

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Last week my friend posted a link on her Facebook page to a blog called Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures.  Specifically, it was a link to a post entitled “Public Toilets vs. Newly… Continue reading