Monthly Archive: May, 2012

Summer Writing Camp

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My summers away at sleep away camp were some of the best of my life.  However, sleep away camp gave way to summer internships, which eventually gave way to jobs.  Ah, the passage… Continue reading

End of the Year Reflection

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I think reflective practice is the heart of a growing teacher. Without reflection, we stagnate. Over time, reflection has become a state of mind for me. However, if I never write it down,… Continue reading

The Weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Please link the Slice of Life Story you write today to this post by leaving a comment. Be sure to check out other bloggers’ writing by clicking through the links in the comment… Continue reading

The Book Stack

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No surprise here that this was in my book stack this week. If you missed the interview on Ruth Ayres Writes, click here. If you missed the way John influenced my thinking about… Continue reading

Words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Last week I traveled to Washington, DC for a family vacation.  While we were there we visited the Washington DC Martin Luther King National Memorial, which opened since our last trip to DC. … Continue reading

Deeper Thinking About Notebook Work

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This week I had the opportunity to interview author John Claude Bemis. This is is latest book: I asked him about notebook work and his response led me to a deeper understanding of… Continue reading

Wow. Just Wow.

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Awhile ago I was a 7th grade language arts teacher. My last year in the classroom I had one of the coolest classes that may have ever been compiled. It was the last… Continue reading

The Weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Please link the Slice of Life Story you write today to this post by leaving a comment. Be sure to check out other bloggers’ writing by clicking through the links in the comment… Continue reading

Go Make a Difference

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Tonight’s post is just a little reminder. Your story matters. Your teaching matters. Take a minute and remember why you joined the profession in the first place. Do you remember? I do. I… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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Bingley was by no means deficient, but Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well-bred, were not inviting. — Jane Austen, Pride and… Continue reading

Talking with Taylor Mali + a Giveaway

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On a tough day in the classroom, all of us have turned to Taylor Mali‘s poem “What Teachers Make” for some solace.  Last month Taylor published a book, What Teachers Make: In Praise… Continue reading

What do you think of this minilesson?

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I’ve been working on a few sample minilessons to give my grad students next month when I start teaching “Children’s Literature in Teaching Writing.”  I’ve been making tweaks to the traditional minilesson structure… Continue reading

Another Kind of Share

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We’ve been researching in Keith Bollman’s 5th grade class. Because Keith and I have been working together for years, I know he will let me play a little in writing workshop. I can… Continue reading

The Weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Please link the Slice of Life Story you write today to this post by leaving a comment. Be sure to check out other bloggers’ writing by clicking through the links in the comment… Continue reading

End of Year Traditions

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Just curious… What are some of your end of year traditions with your classrooms? Please share in the comments. 🙂

Documenting Our Learning

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Sometimes I think about the amazing work happening in writing workshops, and then wonder if anyone else notices. Sometimes the things that are most amazing are small bits that pack big meaning. Sometimes… Continue reading

Raise Your Glass: The Making of a Wedding Toast

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My brother-in-law is getting married this Sunday.  Marc, my husband, is his brother’s best man.  As is tradition at most weddings, Marc will be delivering a toast at the reception. Last weekend Marc… Continue reading

Kindergarten Poetry Celebration

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This is great. We’re going to play it this afternoon with the class. Popcorn, apple juice, and a movie to celebrate our work in poetry. Please watch the first minute, because the teacher,… Continue reading

An Interview with Maribeth Boelts + a Giveaway of Happy Like Soccer

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Maribeth Boelts will be the visiting author for the graduate course I’m teaching about children’s literature and the teaching of writing this summer.  I’m SO EXCITED to meet her in person since I’ve… Continue reading

The Weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Please link the slice of life story you write today to this post by leaving a comment. Be sure to check out other bloggers’ writing by clicking through the links in the comment… Continue reading