“Excuse me Mom,” Sam said as we ended a chapter in The Magician’s Elephant. When he talks like this it always makes me smile. I pause and look at him. … Continue Reading Reading Together (Ruth’s SOLS)
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” — Scott Adams Have you heard about Sara Zarr’s speech for the SCBWI conference in NY? … Continue Reading Words that are Speaking to Me
This is my vision of you on Saturday mornings: A mug of something warm — coffee, tea, or chai — in your hands Snuggled in a comfy chair Allowing peace … Continue Reading Saturday Mornings
Going into the last leg of the school year, I’d like to take a minute to encourage you to empower students to chose the genre they are going to write. … Continue Reading Genre Choice
Last month I was consulting in a school with some primary grade teachers. They expressed concerns about infusing mentor texts into their classrooms. I provided them with some language for … Continue Reading Author Studies Help Children Write Better
I’ve been thinking a lot about the questions Pam Muñoz Ryan posed to the audience at the TCRWP Writing Institute last week. There are many reasons I write: to communicate … Continue Reading Memoir Monday: Origins of Writing
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.