Category Archive: lucy calkins

Ideas for Creating a 3-D Character from Today’s M.L. Active Engagement

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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 AWESOME. It’s all… Continue reading

Teaching Fiction in a Pin-Drop, Silent Room

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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 used the skeleton… Continue reading

Mentoring A Toast

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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 professor and advisor,… Continue reading

I’m noticing…

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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 my classroom for… Continue reading

Creating Folders for “Patches of Thought”

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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 Writing Workshop to… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: Two People Who’ve Really Changed My Life

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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 celebrated each student… Continue reading

An Inspired Writer

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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 her upcoming birthday… Continue reading

A Must-Read for All WW Teachers

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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 was my professor… Continue reading

Demonstration in Minilessons: my personal narrative

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When I attended T.C., I took “The Teaching of Writing” with Lucy Calkins, who truly taught me how to write better (not to mention how to be a better teacher of writing!). We… Continue reading

Plan Boxes

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I introduced the idea of Plan Boxes (see Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study for grades 3-5 if you want more info on these amazing management tools!) to my class today. While some of… Continue reading

The first month of school

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I met with the other teacher on my grade level today to plan our Reading and Writing Workshops for the first month of school. Our writing teaching points were inspired by five professional… Continue reading