Monthly Archive: December, 2013

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: SOLS TIME

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For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding” How appropriate that… Continue reading

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: SOLS TIME

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“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” ― Anaïs Nin It is time to write your Slice, share your link, and give some comments to (at… Continue reading

Winter Break

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We’re taking off from blogging so we can spend the holidays with family and friends. We’ll be back on Jan. 6th, 2014. However, the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge will still go on!

Welcome to the World, Jackson!

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Please join me in celebrating with Beth, her husband, and her daughter as they welcome a new addition to their family, Jackson Brinton Moore.

Building Stamina in Primary Writers

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My Kindergarten Classroom in October of 2011 Looking around the room…… “I’m done,” echoes as a line forms. I begin looking at the work, making my way down the line. The drawings lack… Continue reading

Creating writing museums

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Last July, Bonnie Kaplan invited me to join the Hudson Valley Writing Project’s Summer Institute for a day.  I had been hearing so much about the work these teachers had been doing, that… Continue reading

Poetic Inspiration from #NCTE13 + a Book Giveaway

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Sharing some classroom ideas about poetry from Maureen Barbieri, Georgia Heard, Linda Rief, Tom Romano, and Joyce Sidman.

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: SOLS TIME

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“A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise.” ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind   It is… Continue reading

Winter Break Writing Plans

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In the midst of all this hustle and bustle, I hope to get into some classrooms this week to talk to kids about their writing plans for the long winter break.

Tips from Amanda Hartman, Conferring Guru

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Amanda Hartman, author of One to One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers, offers tips for teachers on how to strengthen their writing conferences.

Remembering Newtown

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There are no words.

The Importance of Sharing

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How does sharing fit into your writing workshop routine? Find tools and ideas to put sharing on your priority list of daily rituals.

In my writing workshop: a student takes ownership

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Tucked away among  the many books I bought at NCTE is this treasure: a collection of Donald Graves’ essays on writing workshop.  An added bonus is a DVD that captures footage of  Don… Continue reading

In Your Own Words

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First drafts usually contain the words anybody can write. Revision is the key to crafting writing that sounds just like you.

Write, share, give: SOLS time

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“A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with… Continue reading

Our Inner Writing Critic

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Now I know different. I know that all writers hear that voice. All of us. Here was my message to the 6th graders: All writers have an inner critic. Acknowledge yours. And KEEP WRITING.

Gifts to Inspire Young Writers + Giveaways

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Nurture a child’s interest and talent for writing this holiday season with one of these items. Look for a chance to win one of these five items by reading the giveaway information at the bottom of this blog post.

Shared Writing 101: A Crash Course in Writing Together

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A quick, down and dirty, overview of shared writing and how it might support your students.

A Writing Routine with Primary Writers

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What is your writing routine? Find some advice and tools to assist you in developing a routine that works for you and your students.

Video Writing Prompts: Keeping kids engaged in those “between units and right before vacation days.”

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It’s that time of year in many of our classrooms: that restless  time between Thanksgiving break and winter recess.  I mark my kids “present” every day, but I know that most of them… Continue reading