Category Archive: memories

Four Mentor Texts to Nurture the Relationship Between a Writer and a Notebook: Notebooks as a Writers Tool

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Writers pause to notice the obvious and obscure moments in life. They preserve their memories in their notebooks by jotting words, tucking away photographs, ticket stubs, and other items that have left an… Continue reading

Memory Chains: A Strategy for Writer’s Notebooks

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Here’s a fun strategy you can try to generate writing in your notebook this summer. Come back-to-school time, you can teach your students how to use this strategy if they get stuck.

Give Heart Maps a Rest! Try Writing Territory Maps

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The heart map is a great tool for helping students find personally meaningful topics, but used year after year, it might feel a little stale. Writing territory maps is another option!

GUEST BLOG POST: The Journey

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Caroline Gonzalez currently works as an Instructional Support teacher for grades 1-3 in South Brunswick NJ.  After 21 years of teaching, she is completing coursework to attain an Administrator’s License.  She is the… 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

Memoir Monday: Origins of Writing

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the questions Pam Muñoz Ryan posed to the audience at the TCRWP Writing Institute last week. There are many reasons I write: to communicate with others quickly,… Continue reading

Second Memoir Monday of August

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It’s now the second week of August. In Central Pennsylvania, it feels hotter and muggier. In fact, yesterday morning we even had a thunderstorm. While I wish it was a bit cooler, I’m… Continue reading

Memoir Monday

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There’s something about the transition from July to August that gives many teachers have a bittersweet feeling.  For those of you who live in the Northeast, it feels like summer began a week… Continue reading

I’m Back to Host Memoir Monday!

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It’s so great to be back and blogging again. In the past month, I’ve been in six states and have unpacked countless boxes (with the help of my dear family). So many memories… Continue reading

Special Moments

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Link your memory-related post to this one by leaving a comment on this post. Please share your memories with us today.

M-E-M-O-I-R M-O-N-D-A-Y

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Hello June!

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I woke up this morning and said, “Hello June!”  Then I considered what kind of Memoir Monday post I could write for today.  When I checked in on JessicaSprague.com, I found a challenge… Continue reading

The First MM of June

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Try to remember… And if you remember…

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Please share your memories with us today and every Monday.

Ruth’s Memoior-ish Monday: Bridal Shower.

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This weekend I went to a bridal shower and I was reminded of my own wedding preparations.  Isn’t it strange the way time plays with your mind? It seems like it was just a… Continue reading

Memories…

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MM Time!

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It’s just another Memoir Monday…

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Memoir Monday Meets Poem a Day 5

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Let’s merge the two!  Perhaps use a repeating line such as I remember . . . Happy Writing!  Link your memory-related post to this one by leaving a comment on this post. Please… Continue reading

Memoir Monday

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