Category Archive: key beliefs

The Power of Language Revisited

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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.

Because of WMS…

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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 career path has… Continue reading

The Life Lessons We Teach

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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 husband played saxaphone… Continue reading

Praising Kids. Talking to Kids. Questioning Kids.

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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 for the past… Continue reading

a little unit planning

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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 love this shift… Continue reading

defining book.

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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 am quickly realizing… Continue reading

more on key beliefs + a big thanks!

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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 click HERE.  So… Continue reading

So you say that teachers of writing must be writers themselves, eh?

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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 case, then it’s… Continue reading

key beliefs?

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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 within our district. … Continue reading