Everyone wants students to be be intrinsically motivated to write daily. While we can hope our enthusiasm is contagious, sometimes it’s not enough for reluctant writers. Working with reluctant writers … Continue Reading Start Thinking About the Classroom SOLSC: Classroom Prizes
I used to dream of reaching a point in my writing workshop instruction where kids were all working as writers, but they weren’t all doing the exact same thing. This … Continue Reading Independent Writers
It’s time to start talking and imagining and getting excited about the 6th Annual Slice of Life Challenge. Here are a few things to begin considering. If you’ve never participated, … Continue Reading Pumping Up for March Slice of Life Challenge!
Debrief questions and forms for a classroom lab site.
I like to figure out why writers make the choices they make. It’s fascinating to learn about writers’ processes, just as it is fascinating to gain insight into the processes … Continue Reading A Secret to Conferring
Last week I found myself reading through The Community Review, which is the Jewish newspaper for Greater Harrisburg. Rabbi Akiva Males of Kesher Israel Congregation wrote a tribute to teacher … Continue Reading Living Well in the Classroom
Please link your slice of life story to this post today. As always, be sure to check out other bloggers’ writing by clicking through the links in the comment section … Continue Reading Tuesday Slices + A Poll
Today we celebrate equality. When I read about the civil rights movement, I have to pause and stretch my imagination to understand what life was like in the 1960’s. Separation … Continue Reading
May tomorrow be more than just a day off from work and school. May tomorrow be a day when we commemorate the life of a great man who worked peacefully for justice and equality in this country. May the example set by Dr. King inspire us all.
Knowing when to be present helps me think about being more intentional when dividing my time between technology and the people in my life.
Poetry Mentor Texts: Making Reading and Writing Connections, K-8 is the latest gem from Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli. Not only does their book help you hone your poetry workshop … Continue Reading Talking Poetry with Lynne and Rose + a Giveaway
This is the view from the beginning of my day. Our middle schools are working toward an Academic Learning Fair. We are being intentional about considering Common Core standards and … Continue Reading 21st Century Research
Link up your slices today. While you’re here, please decide if you are able to offer gender-neutral, writing-related prize to one of the 6th Annual SOLSC participants who writes and links daily.
Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Teachers tend to take care of everyone else before they take care of themselves! It’s time to start carving out a little ME time for yourself at least one afternoon a week.