My friend Nicole purchased a copy of What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self for me when I turned 30. The book sat on my bookshelf for over … Continue Reading What I Know Now
Dropping a Stamped Persuasive Letter Into the Outgoing Mail Basket IS a Form of Publishing! Originally uploaded by teachergal Eleven of my kids showed up to school on this very … Continue Reading Some Executives Have Some Mail Coming to Their Offices Now!
11 out of the 17 students who were present yesterday turned-in their drafts. Nine of them will be getting customized letterhead. Good number, right? I found that the packet of … Continue Reading Touchstone Texts Helped
Tuesday’s News & Announcements Chart Originally uploaded by teachergal As you know, Sunday’s are for chart-making in my home. I just finished creating this week’s News & Announcements Charts (for … Continue Reading Letterhead
In the past week, I’ve managed to squeeze-in some time to read through two professional books, both of which I picked up while I was at NCTE. Writing to Persuade: … Continue Reading Two Exceptional Professional Books
Prompts for Writing About Reading Originally uploaded by teachergal I’ve been cranking-out charts for the past hour or so: News & Announcements Charts, as well as strategy charts. Just thought … Continue Reading Sundays are for chart-making.
Week of December 1st, 2008 Originally uploaded by teachergal I just finished planning out the upcoming week and wow… there’s a lot going on! However, when I realized my kids … Continue Reading It’s going to be a busy week!
We’ve never been the kind of family that’s gone around the table telling each other what we’re thankful for, though I always wished we could have been. However, I think … Continue Reading Stacey’s Memoir Monday Post: Thankful
Every Wednesday evening my students read the cover story in Time for Kids and then complete one of the worksheets. It’s not exactly how I’d like to do current events, … Continue Reading Dear President-Elect Obama
Many teachers have the kids write letters to their future selves at the start of the academic year (to be opened in June). I’ve never been one of those teachers, … Continue Reading pre-election missives or entries
Little Note Originally uploaded by teachergal I recently purchased a bunch of small note cards from Christina Hill, The Hollister 25, and Piping Hot Papers for the purpose of writing … Continue Reading Mini Notecards
Well-wish letters Originally uploaded by teachergal This morning was Day 1 of the NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) Reading Test. Since I was up way before dawn, I decided … Continue Reading Little Notes at Standardized Testing Time
I’m a big advocate of letter writing. It is, perhaps, my favorite genre. There’s something about holding a personalized letter in one’s hand that feels special. A few years ago, … Continue Reading Letters of Hire
A few days ago I received two e-mails from one of my former fifth graders that I hadn’t seen since the final day of school in June 2007. He’s now … Continue Reading Preserve Your Students’ Year in Writing & in Pictures
This is the final post of The Big Picture Series. (Ruth stated hers was the last, but after I received some mail from her today, I decided we needed to … Continue Reading The Big Picture: Happy Mail!!!
FYI: The National Writing Project and Google are sponsoring a letter-writing campaign for high school students to send letters to the presidential candidates. (WHY NOT ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLERS? I … Continue Reading Letters to the Next President
…handmade welcome cards to all of my students. This is what the backs of them look like: I kept it simple this year… a short note about me being their … Continue Reading Getting ready to send…
Four of my students took charge of the library problem in my classroom today when my kids purged their desks of everything. Over 50 books were missing and they were … Continue Reading A Simple Thank You Note
Today might be one of a handful of times I will ever teaching Writing Workshop after lunch when my kids come back from dance. (I LOVE teaching writing in the … Continue Reading Flipping My Schedule Upside Down
Here’s what I’m working on now… Originally uploaded by teachergal Last year one of my fifth graders, Lauren, wrote a persuasive letter to a very large yearbook company’s CEO asking … Continue Reading A Labor of Love: Because My Students’ Lives and Experiences Matter