Monthly Archive: August, 2013

Connect Your Thoughts in a Writer’s Notebook + Giveaways

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Last month, I was put on brain rest for two weeks in order to get better after having a concussion.  Brain rest in my world meant no driving, no news (print, online, or… Continue reading

Where is Poetry? It’s Everywhere! {Guest Post by Betsy Hubbard}

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I’m happy to host Betsy Hubbard today with some of her thoughts about poetry. During one of my first memorable experiences with poetry I was asked to memorize a poem of my own… Continue reading

Slicing Through the School Year

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Tara Smith shares how she launched, maintained, and celebrating the writing slice of life stories and comments — all year long — with her sixth grade students.

I hope you’ll join CHALK-A-BRATION

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On the last day of each month, Betsy hosts CHALK-A-BRATION. This is a celebration of chalk art and poetry. If you want to play (and I hope you do), the deal is simple:… Continue reading

Tuesday Slices

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Write. Share. Give.

Kate Messner’s Latest Picture Book

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I love this new title from Kate Messner and Andy Rash. As I read it, I was intrigued by the speech bubbles, and I wondered how they influenced Kate’s writing process. Lucky for… Continue reading

Using Illustrations to Trigger Memories

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I met a fantastic educator, Susie Barcus, from Fort Worth, TX when I attended the August Writing Institute at TCRWP.  We worked together in a small group where we shared some of our… Continue reading

It’s Coming!

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I’m excited that this little book will be out next month. It is less than 100 pages, but is full of ideas to weave authentic celebration into your work with young writers. It… Continue reading

Instagram Can Help Treat Writer’s Block

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Encourage students to snap photos and save on Instagram, which they can revisit later when they need writerly inspiration.

Conferring

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What do you find most difficult when it comes to conferring? I’d love to know your responses! Click here to read mine.

On-Demand Performance Assessments & the Norming Meeting

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I’ve administered and reviewed many on-demand pieces of writing. However, I’ve never engaged in a norming meeting until two weeks ago. Learn more about the ways in which we can work with our colleagues to assess on-demand assessments so they can drive our instruction.

Would you share a slice of your life today?

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WRITE your slice. SHARE your link. GIVE some comments to (at least three) other slicers.

Dream Big…Read Big…Write Big

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Each year Deb Gaby helps select a reading theme for the school year at Milford Elementary School. This year, to kick off the BIG reading year, we hosted a carnival. Kids made book… Continue reading

Using Evernote to Confer with Writers

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Today’s guest blog post by Cathy Mere will help you jump on the electronic record-keeping bandwagon. Learn how to use Evernote to keep conferring notes on all of your students.

Sharing Some Thinking from the Writing Institute

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I’ve been wanting to try out Storify for awhile, but haven’t head a reason to use it.  Until now.  I decided to put together Storify some of my tweets and pictures from last… Continue reading

Gardens of Young Writers

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Teaching writing is a lot like gardening. It requires constant attention.

A “Jog” You Have Energy For

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I hope you didn’t miss the BIG event on Saturday: Picture Books 10 for 10 hosted by Cathy Mere (Reflect and Refine) and Mandy Robek (Enjoy and Embrace Learning). Bloggers compiled their lists of 10 picture… Continue reading

Writing Connections

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This week, consider commenting on at least one person’s slice of life story who you haven’t commented on in the past.

Investing in Reading Lives {Nerdy Book Club Guest Post}

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I’m so excited to be guest posting at The Nerdy Book Club today. Here’s the start and then head over there to read the rest. “Mom, I’ve decided to start a reading club,”… Continue reading

Conferring Notes Go High Tech

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There are a variety of record-keeping apps, which make it possible to monitor your students’ writing progress. Confer, DailyNotes, Evernote, and Notability are four popular apps that promise to make it easier, dare-I-say… Continue reading