Monthly Archive: January, 2012

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Celebrating Versus Publishing

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I’ve been percolating some ideas for the Celebrating Writers book Christi Overman and I are working on and expect to have out later this year with Stenhouse. We pretty much had it drafted,… Continue reading

Another Way to Launch a Review Unit

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Yesterday in Mr. Gause’s third grade class, some incredible thinking was happening. This week we launched into reviews. Earlier in the week, he asked students to test different toy cars and then select… Continue reading

A Princess Saves A Prince + A Giveaway

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One of the moms I met this past year coined a phrase I love.  She says, “We do pink, but we don’t do princess.”  If you’ve read some of my other posts about… Continue reading

Professional Development

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I {heart} conferences. Do you? The thing is money is tight right now, making conferences a little more difficult to attend. So I’m excited to share with you TWO super reasonably priced conferences… Continue reading

A Seminar About Conferring

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I’ll be leading a seminar, “Conferring in Writing Workshop,” on Wednesday, February 22nd at Penn State – Harrisburg.  I’ll be talking about conferring basics, as well as sharing strategies for implementing peer conferring… Continue reading

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The Book Stack: Cynthia Leitich Smith

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One of our favorite reads is… The book is as great as it looks. I love the whimsical illustrations and the strong craft of the text. In fact, each time I read HOLLER LOUDLY by… Continue reading

Slice of Life Challenge — Your Thoughts

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The Slice of Life Challenge is coming to a blog near you! In March, we’ll host the 5th Annual Slice of Life Challenge. The Challenge: In the month of March share a slice… Continue reading

How much collaboration is too much?

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There were a few times when I sat back at the end of a day of teaching and thought I don’t know if I’d want to be a student in my own classroom. … Continue reading

Review Mentor Texts

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I’m excited to share this with you. It was one of those times when things just worked out in writing workshop. In one of the third grade classes studying reviews, we began talking… Continue reading

Get out of a Writing Rut

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I keep a private, family-only blog about my daughter’s daily life.  I began keeping it about a week after she was born.  Unless we were out of town, I blogged each and every… Continue reading

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The Book Stack: A Couple of ROCKIN’ Books

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I added three more YA books to my reader’s notebook this week. I’ll be sharing another of them later, but today I only want to focus on one. The past several YA books… Continue reading

GEARING UP FOR THE SOLSC: A Call for Giveaways

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In just a few weeks Ruth and I will host the 5th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.  It’s hard to believe it’s the fifth time we’re hosting this month-long writing challenge.  It… Continue reading

Siri

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Last month I finally got of my cell phone that didn’t have a qwerty keyboard and upgraded to an iPhone 4S.  It took me awhile to convert to an iPhone since I first… Continue reading

REVIEW Unit Launch

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This week I launched a REVIEW UNIT in several third grade classrooms. On the first day I asked, “Have you ever heard of a review?” Heads shook. “Okay, then, let me show you… Continue reading

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Mentor Texts with Lynne & Rose

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Last week I received an e-mail from Lynne Dorfman, co-author of Mentor Texts and Nonfiction Mentor Texts (Stenhouse).  She let me know she and Rose Cappelli set up a website over winter break. … Continue reading

The Book Stack

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YA Books this week: Of the three, THE ONE THAT I WANT by Jennifer Echols was my favorite. Echols is a master at creating characters that stick with you. Characters that you feel… Continue reading