Category Archive: noticings

A Mini-Crash-Course on Oral Storytelling

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It’s been several months since I’ve written for Two Writing Teachers. In December my son was born, and I was on maternity leave until a few weeks ago. Then, in March I pushed aside all excuses… Continue reading

The Book Stack

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An eclectic little stack today. Click on the images to go to a link about the book. I’ve been enjoying books I can read a little here and a little there. This book,… Continue reading

Persuasion with Karen Caine

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Last week I was fortunate to spend the day with Karen Caine. Are you familiar with her work? It is the book that I have had to buy the most — SIX times… Continue reading

First Attempt at Poetry

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Yesterday Lori Hickman and I launched a poetry unit of study in her kindergarten classroom. Since we wanted to see what they already knew about writing poetry, we decided to have them write… Continue reading

I’ve been studying sentence structure…

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I was watching or listening or reading something this week — I don’t remember what — but the message was: You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. True. (And probably… Continue reading

In Their Words

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Today’s Workshop, in my classroom, was spent immersing my students in the memoir genre (or is it genre of memoir… both sound funny to me!). The kids realized that most memoirs are a… Continue reading

Immersion Begins Tomorrow

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I’ll begin immersing my students in the literary essay genre tomorrow. I’m fortunate to have had some wonderful students last year who graciously allowed me to share their essays with future students to-come.… Continue reading

Take Note of What Surrounds You

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My students have been doing a lot of noticing in Writing Workshop since we began our Personal Essay Unit of Study last week. Hence, I created this Motivational Poster (of sorts) online. I… Continue reading

have you noticed the wow lately?

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I’m lucky because, you see, I have this constant, little reminder to notice stuff.  I live with a toddler who notices the world and points out the wow.  Constantly.  Walking out the door in… Continue reading

Take a look around you

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When I taught in NYC, I was fortunate enough to work one block away from Central Park. Therefore, when the urge struck me, I’d take my students out to Central Park with their… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: my fav things about (you name the place).

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Following Stacey’s lead, here’s my list — Favorite Things About Indiana Wide open spaces that allow for my mind to wander during late afternoon/early evening walks. My family is close in proximity. Indiana Hoosier… Continue reading

Paying Tribute to Those Who Make the World Run (Including You!)

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Last month I wrote a writer’s notebook entry entitled “Noticing People.” I urged everyone to thank the people who make the world go round on a daily basis. It seems I’m not the… Continue reading

WN Entry: Fireflies

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I stepped out of the car in New Jersey last night. Home sweet home, I thought. I was coming home to my parents’ house for two nights. I slammed the passenger door to… Continue reading

WN Entry: Noticing People

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As I walked through my day today, I noticed the small things that people do that we often overlook. For instance, during my layover at O’Hare, I noticed that one of the women… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: noticings

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So far this morning I’ve noticed: My son is becoming a little boy.  He smiles for the camera now.  He sits on a stool up at the counter alone now.  He doesn’t need… Continue reading

WN ENTRY: Kids on Leashes

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Ralph Fletcher gives young writers 11 tips for things to collect in their writer’s notebooks. Fletcher encourages writers to notice the world around them and write about it. Here’s what I observed/noticed this… Continue reading