Monthly Archive: April, 2013

We Write the Slices.

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On the final day of the March SOLSC, Amy Rudd crafted a parody of Barry Manilow’s “I Write the Songs.” (Click here if you are unfamiliar with the song.) She changed it to “I… Continue reading

Pretend it is Friday

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So I was planning to try a new kind of post last Friday. And then Friday came and went. How does this happen? So right now, let’s just pretend it is Friday. Or… Continue reading

Are you ready to unplug?

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How do we teach kids (and ourselves) to unplug from media in an effort to interact with others, not just screens?

Words that are Speaking to Me

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Conferences are dialogues.

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[Conferences] are not mini-lectures but the working talk of fellow writers sharing their experience with the writing process. At times, of course, they will be teacher and student, master and apprentice, if you… Continue reading

How does writing feel to you?

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On the final day of the challenge, Rissa Zimmerman, who was a first-time Slicer this past March, crafted a thank you note to me and Ruth for providing her with a forum to… Continue reading

Bad Word Club

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This weekend I learned of a first grade club. “The teachers don’t know about it,” Sam (my first grade son) said, “So keep it quiet.” “What is it?” “It’s the Bad Word Club.… Continue reading

Turn off screens and LIVE life.

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Screen-Free Week goes from 4/29-5/5. While it might seem drastic and unfeasible to completely unplug, think about what steps you can take to be less connected next week.

New Units of Study

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I purchased the original Units of Study for Teaching Writing, Grades 3 – 5 when they were published in 2006. In the early days, those books were like a Bible to me. I… Continue reading

Trusting Myself

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Expectations of common core, teacher evaluation, and what it means to be literate in the 21st century can sometimes pile up and overwhelm me.  There is so much new information coming at me… Continue reading

Running Towards Danger

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After writing “My Advice to New Moms in the Wake of the Terror in Boston,” I didn’t think I had much else to say about yesterday’s terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon’s Finish… Continue reading

Slicers at Work

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We are all writers at work, aren’t we?  When I saw LeAnn Carptenter’s poem, “Writers at Work,” midway through the March Challenge, it resonated with me.   Click here to read the back… Continue reading

Who coaches the coach?

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Who coaches the coach? This question was posed at the Choice Literacy Coaching the Common Core workshop. It’s one that is sticking with Deb and me. Instructional coaches (and I think this is… Continue reading

Chewing On This

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I watched a version of this video several years ago. In preparation for a workshop I’m leading on Thursday with a group of Career Tech educators (think culinary arts and auto mechanics), I… Continue reading

A Biography for Baseball Season + a Giveaway

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You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!   (The Back Story) by Author Jonah Winter             Though I do understand that what I’m being called on to do here is talk about my research process… Continue reading

Common Core — Appendices

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Many of us are digging into Common Core Standards. We are spending time reading the standards, figuring out what they mean, and noticing how they grow from grade to grade. Indiana (my state)… Continue reading

Slicers: Why do you write?

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Mid-way through the March Challenge I came across a poem Betsy wrote on Teaching Young Writers. It is entitled “Why I Write.” There are so many reasons each of us choose to write… Continue reading

Choice Literacy: Coaching the Common Core {Part 3 of 3}

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The third part of the conference was led by Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan. They inspired me to stick to my beliefs. One of the ideas they talked about is a Framework for… Continue reading

The Handwriting Part of Writing

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If you’re in an elementary school, you’ve inevitably had discussion with parents about handwriting.  My policy for writer’s notebooks was always, “As long as I can read it, it’s neat enough.”  I didn’t… Continue reading

SOLSC Prize Announcement

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It’s my pleasure to announce the winners of the prizes from the Sixth Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.  Yet again, I ran into a good problem this year.  More people sliced and… Continue reading