Category Archive: big picture

Big Picture Series: Conferring

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“Teach the writer, not the writing.” – Lucy Calkins   Do you ever feel exasperated by all of the errors you see in your students’ writing?  The conference begins and before you know… Continue reading

Big Picture Series: Fellow Travelers

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Too often, there are isolated islands of teachers who are attempting best practice, yet feel no support from the teacher across the hall or even in the building.  We want to be the… Continue reading

That Personal Touch

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Our Entry Table Has Begun to Brim with Anniversary and Chanukah Cards Originally uploaded by teachergal We’re all so busy these days, aren’t we? The snowstorm that hit New England this past Friday… Continue reading

Getting Motivated

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This is my final post for this week’s Big Picture Series on Genuine Writing. Therefore, I wanted to leave you with a draft of a handout I’m planning to hand out when I… Continue reading

Quick Jots

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I’ve come to believe that real writers always need a place to physically write. However, real writers also live real lives. Sometimes it’s not always possible to fit an entire writer’s notebook (no… Continue reading

Writing That Matters

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Yesterday I worked with three students, from different classes, who were writing about the death of a parent.  That’s rough.   My first thought is sometimes:  Who’s encouraging topic choice?   No thank you!  I didn’t… Continue reading

Become Your Students’ Writing Mentor

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Every writer needs a real writer to look up to. Why not allow your students’ favorite author be, well, YOU!??! By building up an arsenal of texts you created, with and without your… Continue reading

Sharing (at Morning Meeting)

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I spent the first few weeks of school modeling how to share during “Share Time” at Morning Meeting. I did this so that my students would have a greater sense of how I… Continue reading

Be a GENUINE Writer.

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What is the one thing that will make the biggest, lasting impact in our writing workshops?  Being a writer ourselves.  Now I’m not talking about writing in order to be an example or… Continue reading

My M.M. Post

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I woke up from my nap as the car turned into the cemetery yesterday morning. It was a crisp, sunny fall morning, not much different than the morning we laid my Grandmother to… Continue reading

The Power of Writing

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Today, as students were coming into the building and teachers were greeting them, I witnessed the following interaction in the first grade hallway: A little girl stops in front of her teacher and… Continue reading

Balance

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End of the 1st Day Back Originally uploaded by teachergal Ali Edwards recently invited readers to think about their One Little Word for 2008 again. Mine is balance. I haven’t really mastered it… Continue reading

Recap of T.B.P.S.

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Some of the quotes/highlights from our posts, which you can locate at any time by typing “Big Picture Series” into the SEARCH BOX on the top right corner of this blog. “So many… Continue reading

The Big Picture: Happy Mail!!!

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This is the final post of The Big Picture Series. (Ruth stated hers was the last, but after I received some mail from her today, I decided we needed to have just one… Continue reading

The Big Picture: Honesty

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“I’d rather be able to face myself in the bathroom mirror than be rich and famous.” –Ani DiFranco I created a handbook of classroom regulations and procedures for my fifth graders during my… Continue reading

The Big Picture: What are kids thinkin’ on the first day?

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I live with a first grader.  Here were her two big concerns prior to the first day of school: One.  Will my teacher be nice?  Two.  Will I have any friends? I think… Continue reading

The Big Picture: Pay no mind to the calendar or your watch! Just pay attention to what you do with your days!

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I was about 15 when a family member shared a quote with me that was inscribed on a wall of his high school: “We live in deeds, not years.” It was something worth… Continue reading

The Big Picture: Our Colleagues.

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We’ve never really done a “series” per say here on Two Writing Teachers, but it seems that this week our posts have the makings of a series about what really matters when it… Continue reading