Category Archive: Katherine Bomer

Writing Celebrations…But Why?

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With all the pressures imposed by a segmented, unforgiving middle school schedule, why make time for writing celebrations? Are they really that important? Yes!

Three “just right” texts to investigate the craft of memoir.

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I love our writing workshop shift  from personal narrative to memoir.  It comes at the perfect time of year: our notebooks have filled up with writing lists and entries, our weekly slice of… Continue reading

Happy New Year! Using Celebration to Restore and Build our Identities as Writers

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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

Best Practices and Tests CAN Go Together

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This week’s guest blog post is written by Lynnelle Snowbarger who is in her tenth year of teaching fifth grade in the Jenks Public Schools.  A frequent participant in the Slice of Life… Continue reading

Katherine Bomer Speaks About Her Newest Book

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I have admired Katherine Bomer’s work for a long time. Her books are exquisite.  Her love of children shines through when she speaks in front of a small group or delivers a keynote… Continue reading

What about the kid who ______?

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Katherine Bomer never disappoints when she delivers a keynote address or a workshop.  I cannot count how many times I’ve been fortunate enough to sit in the audience and soak up the wonderful… Continue reading

Obstacles to Revision for Little Kids

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Katherine Bomer hosted a session on fabulous revision strategies for students in grades K-3 at the TCRWP Saturday Reunion yesterday.  I haven’t synthesized my notes from that part of her presentation yet, but… Continue reading

Back to Basics: Sharing (Part of TWT’s Big Picture Series)

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Katherine Bomer said, “Writing celebration is the most important part of the writing process” (TCRWP Key Note Address, 7/8/08). Bomer suggests that this is because every writer writes for the purpose of having… Continue reading

Self-Efficacy in Writing Workshop

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I recently read Michael Putnam’s article, “Running the Race to Improve Self-Efficacy,” in the Winter 2009 Issue of the Kappa Delta Pi Record. Putnam asserts, “I have complete confidence that you too could… Continue reading

Hard Work Should Be Celebrated

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Katherine Bomer talked about celebrations this past summer at the TCRWP July Writing Institute. As I was planning my News & Announcements Charts for the upcoming week today, I found myself wanting to… Continue reading

Remember to Celebrate!

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Publishing Party – October 2004, originally uploaded by teachergal. Katherine Bomer spoke about the celebrating the work our young writers do when she delivered the Keynote Address at the TCRWP July Writing Institute.… Continue reading

All-Write Summer Institute: Day Two.

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What a whirlwind!  And coming home to three young children didn’t slow life down any!  True to form, I’m going to write another list of good stuff from day two. Storyboards ROCK —… Continue reading

Reading [Student Writing] Like an Artist.

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This was the title of Katherine Bomer’s keynote speech which she gave at 9 am this morning. Katherine was inspiring and uplifting and simply amazing. Anyone who has read this blog for any… Continue reading

All-Write Summer Institute 2008: Day One

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Today I’ve been able to soak up thinking and ideas and general good stuff from: Penny Kittle. Lester Laminack. Katherine Bomer. My, oh my! To say my brain is swirling would be an… Continue reading

Pin-Drop Quiet in W.W.

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My room was pin-drop quiet during Writing Workshop today. Why? I did that great Katherine Bomer Activity I blogged about earlier this week entitled “Inside Me/Outside Me.” The kids not only pushed themselves,… Continue reading

Process Log Gets My Mind In-Motion Again

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When Lucy had us keep Process Logs for each piece we wrote for one of her classes, I (at first) thought it was a waste of time. I wondered how it would help… Continue reading

Slight Tweaking

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I did some slight tweaking to our memoir unit of study. This is this year’s “final” version. Session 1: Writers read and listen to student memoirs and then write in order to inspire… Continue reading

Gearing-Up for Memoir

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We’re starting a new unit of study on Monday: MEMOIR! I’ve taught it twice using Calkins and Chiarella’s Book. However, this year is going to be different. Kate and I decided to mesh… Continue reading

How do Notebooks Fit into the Writing Process

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A Time for Meaning – Notebooks in the Writing Process, originally uploaded by teachergal. This graphic is from Katherine Bomer’s Key Note Address at the 2006 TCRWP Summer Institute on the Teaching of… Continue reading