Kate and I were creating charts after school this afternoon for tomorrow’s big memoir drafting lesson. (Though I previewed it for my kids today.) Calkins & Chiarella’s Book makes reference … Continue Reading What Do Hybrid Cars, Windows, and Pearl Necklaces Have to Do with Memoir?
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 … Continue Reading Process Log Gets My Mind In-Motion Again
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 … Continue Reading Slight Tweaking
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 … Continue Reading Gearing-Up for Memoir
It’s true what Lucy always said about speaking loud enough so other students hear you while you confer… they do learn by listening in! I’ve known this for awhile, but … Continue Reading Conferring
I’ve been working alongside Colette Berg & Melissa Possell in their first grade rooms. We’ve been having students do a lot of collaboration as they make their first foray into … Continue Reading first grade poetry.
I’m in a political mood today since today is Primary Day in R.I. Therefore, I have been thinking about the way that politicians work with educators to affect change. Hence, … Continue Reading “New Literacy”
Over the mid-winter recess I asked my students to sketch out their at-home writing space. Further, if they didn’t have an at-home writing space, I asked them to create one. … Continue Reading Writing Space
First, I have to say that today’s lesson I taught, which was adapted from Session 11 of Calkins & Cruz’s Book on Fiction Writing in Grades 3 – 5 is … Continue Reading Ideas for Creating a 3-D Character from Today’s M.L. Active Engagement
WN Entry – Fiction pg. 1 Originally uploaded by teachergal Today’s Writing Workshop Teaching Point came right out of Calkins and Cruz’s Short Fiction Book – Session 1. While I … Continue Reading Teaching Fiction in a Pin-Drop, Silent Room
Marc and I are eagerly awaiting our wedding. We’ve started writing a speech to our guests and parents. I decided to mentor myself after the way Lucy Calkins, my former … Continue Reading Mentoring A Toast
I’m noticing that the quality of my students’ writing is getting better. I think it’s because of the personal essay unit of study (Calkins and Gilette) that I’m using in … Continue Reading I’m noticing…
During my first year of teaching I attended a Calendar Day hosted by the TCRWP where I got the idea for creating portable folders for my students to use in … Continue Reading Creating Folders for “Patches of Thought”
The two people who changed my life were both my teachers. Carol Snook Role: 1st Grade Teacher Carol Snook was the most amazing teacher a child could ask for. She … Continue Reading Stacey’s WN Entry: Two People Who’ve Really Changed My Life
The purpose of Ruth’s other blog aims to inspire readers and writers. She definitely did that with me today! I decided that what I had already bought my Mom for … Continue Reading An Inspired Writer
An article published this past summer in Education Next came across my desk today. “The Lucy Calkins project: parsing a self-proclaimed literacy guru” disturbed me for two reasons: 1. Lucy … Continue Reading A Must-Read for All WW Teachers