Category Archive: outdoors

Four Writing Workshop Ideas for the Final Stretch

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If you’re in the final stretch–the last few days or weeks of school– here are a few ideas to keep kids writing right to the very end.

Writing in the Great Outdoors

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The director at one school told me, “My main priorities are these: 1) being outdoors, and 2) reading and writing.” My kind of place!

Walk Like a Writer

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Observational walking is useful for professional writers and it can be good for students too!
This fall, head outside with your students for a walk around your school’s neighborhood. But first, read ASK ME by Bernard Waber and Suzy Lee!

Neighborhood Walk

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From We had way too much fun today!!! We’ve all had those “best teaching days.”  You know, the ones where the children are completely engaged in learning.  The ones that are fun.  The… Continue reading

Noticing the World

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Last week, when the sun finally made an appearance on Friday afternoon, Christi and I ventured outside with her second graders and their notebooks. In the minilesson we talked about learning to write… Continue reading

Poetry Walking Tour

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We managed to duck the rain on today’s Providence Poetry Walk. Ten of my twenty students showed up with their family members to do today’s Poetry Walk. I think having 50% of my… 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