Category Archive: georgia heard

Revisiting the Heart Map

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Heart maps can help young writers when they think they don’t have anything to write about.

Pursue a Passion Project!

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How might you use writing to tap into your personal passions? Are you writing a piece that makes you “ache with caring”? And in a chock-full, busy-every-minute life, how can educators find time for writing that is deeply meaningful, with the lens of replicating this experience for students?

Heart Maps: A Review and a Giveaway

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“My hope is that as you explore heart mapping with your writers, you will fall in love with the stories and poems, truths and courage that will unfold–both theirs and your own.” Georgia Heard in her newest book, Heart Maps.

Growing Students Who Love Poetry

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  Back in March, I had the pleasure of attending the Michigan Reading Association conference in Grand Rapids, MI. I had been preparing my own presentation for the event and had neglected to… Continue reading

Wish Poems

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“Poetry breaks through the skin of suffering in which children are often imprisoned: silent, confused, and scared.  A child’s poetry is an intimate, trusting gift to her parent or to anyone who wishes… Continue reading

Found Poetry + a Giveaway

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Have you ever found a poem?  I’m not talking about something with stanzas, line breaks, and the other traditional things that typically make a poem a poem.  I’m talking about finding something poetic… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: Ending with Independence

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Lindsay Reyes began her teaching career seven years ago in South Carolina where she taught 4th and 5th graders. Following her heart for urban education and literacy reform, she moved to New York… Continue reading

The Doors of Poetry: Guest Blog Post by Sarah Mulhern

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Our first Guest Blog Post of the summer is written by Sarah Mulhern, who is a sixth grade teacher in New Jersey.  Sarah blogs at The Reading Zone. When Stacey first asked me… Continue reading

Verbs in Revision

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Georgia Heard’s Book The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques That Work is one of the best books on the teaching of writing that I own.  If it’s not in your bookshelf, then click here… Continue reading

A Thought + A Poem

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Around Indiana, Kindergarten Round Up is in full swing.  This personally effects me since my red-headed flair of a five year old will be entering kindergarten next year.  She is so excited.  She’s… Continue reading

Getting Started with My Territories

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I decided it was time for me to start doing the work I’m going to ask my students to do this fall with regard to mapping their writing territories. The following photo includes… Continue reading

Building a Living Poetry Anthology

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Pat suggested that I work with my students to create a Living Poetry Anthology (I believe Georgia Heard first presented this idea in one of her books.) during my first year of teaching.… Continue reading

16:20

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Made with free image tools @ TXT2PIC.com 80% of my class turned-in their Poetry Circle Poem Submission Forms on-time today. Yahoo! Many of them submitted their own poems, but others chose to submit… Continue reading

Bringing Back Poetry Circle

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Made with free image tools @ TXT2PIC.com Every Friday afternoon, last year, my class and I used to have a weekly Poetry Circle. However, this year I didn’t due to a lack of… Continue reading

Scenes from a Workshop Workshop

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Well, really just a scene from today’s Writing Workshop, but I wanted to do a take-off of the Billy Joel Song. 😉 Anyway, I taught a great minilesson today on character development in… Continue reading

A Twist on Heart Maps

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Georgia Heard came up with the idea first. Penny Kittle adapted it. I’m bringing it from NCTE to you. Create a Map of your TEACHING Heart. Record the places you’ve worked, the people… Continue reading

Revision Toolbox

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If there’s any book I’ve turned to over and over again that sits on my bookshelf and DOESN’T collect dust, it’s Georgia Heard‘s The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques That Work, which was published… Continue reading

Mapping Our Hearts

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Heart Map Display Originally uploaded by teachergal My demo was too long. And because of that, the entire day ran late. HOWEVER, we had an amazing Writing Workshop where my students crafted maps… Continue reading