Greater Expectations by Robin Turner is an excellent resource for secondary Writing Workshop teachers. As a high school teacher, he shares real life experiences, authentic teaching points, superb advice, and … Continue Reading Greater Expectations
video visit_2, originally uploaded by happygirl_77. Yesterday was Ball State University’s first virtual author visit of the school year. Sue Price and Betsy Likens(middle school language arts teachers) joined their classes … Continue Reading Virtual Author Visit
In many of the classrooms I’m working in, we are moving into a Personal Narrative study. I asked teachers to gather books they would like to use to anchor their teaching. … Continue Reading Personal Narrative Texts.
Thanks to my colleague, Mary Helen Gensch, I know in time this year to sign up for Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Ball State Univeristy’s MYVisit Virtual Author Series. On … Continue Reading You’ve Gotta Sign Up!
Not so much a memoir post, but a post about collecting memories. Soon after the girls arrived in our home a book arrived in my mail. Photo Freedom by Stacy … Continue Reading Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Collecting Memories
Yesterday in Sue Price’s sixth grade language arts class, I led the sharing. Her students are in the middle of reading their research (on a topic of their choice) in … Continue Reading reflecting on charts.
When Debbie Miller was here, she had recommended Tony Johnston’s book, The Harmonica. I was instantly intrigued by the book and ordered it from Amazon. (You can too, by using … Continue Reading thinking about pictures.
Over the next few days I’m going to have a few posts inspired by Frank Serafini, author of numerous works, including Around the Reading Workshop in 80 Days. All-Write Consortium (which my … Continue Reading frank serafini.
I was looking for a sample chapter from Janet Angelillo’s book Writing About Reading: From Book Talk to Literary Essays, Grades 3 -8 . Although I did find the sample … Continue Reading New Book.
I started reading Penny Kittle’s book, The Greatest Catch, yesterday. It is fantastic — I could hardly put it down! In her introduction, she shares these words, which I think are … Continue Reading uplifting words.
I’ve found a common thread amongst those who’ve commented on Ruth’s Post entitled “Key Beliefs.” Nearly everyone has said that teachers of writing must be writers themselves. If that’s the … Continue Reading So you say that teachers of writing must be writers themselves, eh?
Today in a workshop, Carl Anderson emphasized the point of being intentional about approaching our conferring from the point of strength of the student. Basically, we learn what they are doing … Continue Reading becoming better.
I’m working in a fifth grade classroom this week who studied Chris Van Allsburg and are now working on their own fantasy stories. I must admit I was a bit … Continue Reading fantasy writing.
Last year Mindy Hoffar (the leader of All-Write) had shared an exchange of letters between a student and Laurie Halse Anderson from the book Dear Author: Letters of Hope (Top … Continue Reading dear author.
Today I had a few moments to spare, so I worked on organizing my focus lesson binders. I pulled all my k-1 lessons and put them in a separate binder. I … Continue Reading organizing.
Today I was reminded of a story from Stephen King’s book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Here are his words — My room in our Durham house was … Continue Reading on writing
George Ella Lyon and I started communicating with each other this past winter when I needed to request permission for my students to mentor their “Where I’m From” Poems after … Continue Reading I met George Ella Lyon!
I found a great section of Scholastic’s Website entitled “Writing with Writers,” which is a place devoted to helping kids learn how to write better by taking a workshop with … Continue Reading Writing with Writers
Author Lester Laminack taught a course I took at Teachers College during the 2006 Summer Institute on the Teaching of Writing. He said, “There’s only a letter or two that … Continue Reading “An overuse of craft is cr*p!”
Next Monday (less than 5 days away), I will be introducing Lester Laminack. I’m excited (and nervous) about this honor. However, I’ve been thinking — What will I say to … Continue Reading Lester Laminack