When it comes to the teaching of writing in a writing workshop, language is everything. It is through the words we teachers choose that writers are created, built up, encouraged, and inspired.
I began my career as a seventh grade language arts teacher at Wawasee Middle School. Thirteen years later, I remain in the same district, but in a different position. My … Continue Reading Because of WMS…
On Sunday, June 13th my husband and I attended a retirement celebration at Norwalk High School for Jeff Smith, who is retiring after 34 years as a music educator. My … Continue Reading The Life Lessons We Teach
I’ve been doing Pilates since August 2008. I started it in order to get stronger after some surgery I had in 2007. I’ve been doing it three times a week … Continue Reading Praising Kids. Talking to Kids. Questioning Kids.
Tomorrow is our last day before a two week break. Upon returning, I’ll be working in 3 classrooms, all focusing on nonfiction writing (2 on research & 1 on persuasion). I … Continue Reading a little unit planning
Recently my curriculum director gave me the book: Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practiceedited by Kylene Beers, Robert E.Probst, & Linda Rief. (Is my curriculum director awesome, or what?) I … Continue Reading defining book.
Wow! Thanks to those who have shared so far on their Key Beliefs when it comes to language arts. If you’ve not viewed the comments — do so now! Just … Continue Reading more on key beliefs + a big thanks!
I’ve found a common thread amongst those who’ve commented on Ruth’s Post entitled “Key Beliefs.” Nearly everyone has said that teachers of writing must be writers themselves. If that’s the … Continue Reading So you say that teachers of writing must be writers themselves, eh?
I’m a part of our district’s literacy task force. At our last meeting we were assigned the task of writing a mission statement for the teaching of writing & reading … Continue Reading key beliefs?