“Most people search high and wide for the key to success. If they only knew, the key to their dreams lies within.” –George Washington Carver Thoughts: I don’t think I … Continue Reading The Big Picture Series: Celebratation
“Write what makes you happy.” — O. Henry What wise words from O. Henry! So often we try to inspire our students to write by giving them topics we think … Continue Reading The Big Picture Series: Freedom in Topic Choice
What children take home in their heads and hearts is much more important than what they take home in their hands. – Bev Bos Sometimes we get caught up in … Continue Reading The Big Picture Series: Care Enough.
“If you are not a writer, you will not understand the difficulties of writing. If you are not a writer, you will not know the fears and hopes of the … Continue Reading The Big Picture Series: Teacher as Writer
“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 … Continue Reading Big Picture Series: Conferring
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 … Continue Reading Big Picture Series: Fellow Travelers
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 … Continue Reading That Personal Touch
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 … Continue Reading Getting Motivated
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 … Continue Reading Quick Jots
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 … Continue Reading Writing That Matters
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 … Continue Reading Become Your Students’ Writing Mentor
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 … Continue Reading Sharing (at Morning Meeting)
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 … Continue Reading Be a GENUINE Writer.
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 … Continue Reading My M.M. Post
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 … Continue Reading The Power of Writing
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 … Continue Reading Balance