Category Archive: action research

Feedback in Writing Circle

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During today’s Writing Circle Luncheon, I had two of my students share a piece of writing they did this week that they were pleased with and on which they wanted feedback.  I wanted… Continue reading

More About Mentor Texts

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I’ve blogged about mentor texts a great deal since we started Two Writing Teachers in 2007.  I learned a lot about the way students use mentor texts after spending a year researching this… Continue reading

Action Research Update

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Part of the reason I took a blogging break last week was because I was in San Diego presenting with some of my former classmates and instructors at the AERA Conference.  We presented… Continue reading

Writerly Things That Happened at Lunchtime

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Six of my students opted to stay up with me during lunch today.  Two were under the weather and wanted to chill with me; two wanted to finish their reminder posters; the final… Continue reading

Writing Reminders

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Poster Originally uploaded by teachergal I had my Writing Circle up for lunch on Tuesday. I asked them to count the number of entries they’d written in the past six weeks. Let’s just… Continue reading

Gearing-Up for Writing Circle

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We had a classroom situation we had to take care of last Tuesday at lunchtime.  Therefore, my weekly Writing Circle didn’t meet.  (I was happy they were disappointed since I felt disappointed too.) … Continue reading

Progress in the Writing Circle

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Remember that group of kids I wrote about who I decided to take upstairs for weekly lunches on Tuesdays? Well, the five of us didn’t meet last week because the entire class watched… Continue reading

Action Research Questions Reviewed

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I reviewed all of the answers my focal children gave me to the questions I asked regarding their writing process. I entered it into a spreadsheet. I’m sharing it in this forum for… Continue reading

Interviewing My Kids

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I administered writing interviews to five of my focal children on Tuesday. One of them actually wrote about it. This was what one of them wrote as a notebook entry that night (N.B.:… Continue reading

The Invitation

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I feel like someone handing out bids during Rush, which is not a great feeling. However, this is the invite I’m extending to five students for a lunchtime writing group, which will start… Continue reading

Writing Behaviors & the Process

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With the action research project I’m about to embark on, I’m trying to get a better hold on the writing behaviors my students, who do not write regularly, possess. I reached for M.… Continue reading

Classroom Research

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I think I finally formulated the question I am going to use to guide the teacher-research I’m going to do in the months to come. It is: What kinds of things can I… Continue reading

Looking for a Few Interested Writers

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I wanted to see which ones of my students were interested in working with me on my action research project (as focal children). Every kid in my class said they would like to.… Continue reading

Action Research: Student Engagement in the Writing Workshop

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I bounced the idea of an action research project around with the person who observes us each year. We chatted about developing an action research project for my classroom that I can carry… Continue reading

Anyone going to AERA in April?

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I just found out a proposal two of my instructors from Teachers College submitted to the 2009 AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting in San Diego got accepted. I will be presenting… Continue reading