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Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 12 of 31

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In keeping with our winter theme from yesterday, I thought I’d share a slicing inspiration which my students have always loved.

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 11 of 31

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CLASSROOM SLICE OF LIFE STORY CHALLENGE: DAY 11 OF 31 Welcome to Day 11! Where I  live (northern New Jersey), it has snowed and snowed and snowed this winter.  Not everyone has enjoyed… Continue reading

Gearing up for the PARCC Test: Some practice work

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On Tuesday, my sixth graders will file into the large testing room our middle school has set up, and begin three days of ELA testing for the PARCC.  The last few weeks have… Continue reading

INTRODUCING THE SUPPORT TEAM FOR THE MARCH SOLSC!

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The Eighth Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge is almost here! Stacey, Anna, Beth, Dana, Betsy and I are all sharing hosting duties this year, and are so looking forward to all the… Continue reading

Charts and mini charts to anchor writing moves

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Last Tuesday, Clare wrote a wonderful slice of life post about what everyday learning in a classroom really looks like and feels like, aptly entitled: Learning is Managed Chaos. These lines resonated with… Continue reading

Join our March SOLSC Welcome Wagon!

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The Eighth Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge is just about three weeks away.  This will be my fourth Challenge, and although I feel as though I am a somewhat seasoned slicer, I… Continue reading

Aim Higher: Some Tools For Mid Year Assessments

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At the end of this week, the  second marking period will officially come to an end for many of us, and so will the first half of our school year.  This is the… Continue reading

Start thinking about the March Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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         I  know that it’s January, but this really is the perfect time to…start thinking about the March Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.  Here are some factors to consider:… Continue reading

Setting the stage for writing about nonfiction

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Writing about nonfiction elicits the same initial lack of enthusiasm from my students as reading about nonfiction – a nonfiction affliction that seems, at first, impossible to overcome.    It’s the “dead Presidents and… Continue reading

TARA’S ONE LITTLE WORD OF 2015

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When I was twelve, my father came home from a long business trip abroad with a magical gift just for me: a Polaroid camera with half a dozen boxes of film.  This was,… Continue reading

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: IT’S SOL TIME!

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WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers. Here it is, the… Continue reading

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: IT’S SOL TIME!

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WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers. We are so glad… Continue reading

A letter to my departing student teacher

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Six weeks have passed by in flash, it seems, for it is already time to bid my student teacher goodbye. As I compile book list recommendations, photograph charts and student work, and gather… Continue reading

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: IT’S SOL TIME!

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WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers. Several Slicers are heading… Continue reading

THROWBACK WEEK: HOW DO YOU PULL AWAY? LET GO OF THEIR HAND

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Nurturing independence in writing workshop is one of the hardest things to do,  and one of the tasks I struggle with the most.  Betsy’s post from last May, “How you pull away? Let go of… Continue reading

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: IT’S SOL TIME!

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WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers. “Writing is the only… Continue reading

Workshop Routines: Sometimes It’s Time For The Reset Button

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Sixth graders have short-term memories.  Just when I’d thought  that I’d nailed down efficient routines, and I was sure that my writing workshop was going to run smoothly for the rest of the… Continue reading

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: IT’S SOL TIME!

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WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers. I am so grateful… Continue reading

Flash drafting our way to a “best first draft”.

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We are trying something new in our memoir unit this year: flash drafting our way to a “best first draft”.  The main reason for this is that for as long as I’ve taught… Continue reading

Notice & Note and Memoir: When Reading Workshop Meets Writing Workshop

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We were in the midst of a lively mentor text analysis of James Howe’s “Everything Will Be Okay” for our just-launched memoir unit.  I was thrilled to see my sixth graders making note… Continue reading