Reading Ralph Fletcher’s newest book, Focus Lessons, revealed memories of my childhood much the way photos can be revealed in a pan of solution. Slowly, vividly, and magically.
The creative lives we maintain outside of writing fill us up as humans with stories to tell. When we bring this life into the writing workshop, it builds community, and it lays the foundation for lifelong writers who have strategies for sustaining their own writing lives.
How might you use writing to tap into your personal passions? Are you writing a piece that makes you “ache with caring”? And in a chock-full, busy-every-minute life, how can educators find time for writing that is deeply meaningful, with the lens of replicating this experience for students?
I’ve been photographing a farm in Lincoln, RI for the past few months. I spotted it right before September 11th and was struck by the flag that hung between the … Continue Reading Photo Fridays: That Barn Again
Even though my inbox is full… Originally uploaded by teachergal Sometimes I like to let Poetry Friday and Photo Fridays collide here. It pushes me to write about my photo … Continue Reading Poetry Friday & Photo Fridays Collide!
This afternoon Ruth and I attended a presentation by Shannon Baumann entitled “Digital Storytelling in the K-5 Classrooms.” Baumann gave us a plethora of suggestions for creating digital stories with … Continue Reading Digital Storytelling
A view from behind Originally uploaded by teachergal I’ve come to believe that once I make a decision, I should never look back. And quite frankly, I don’t. I stick … Continue Reading Photo Fridays: Look Back, but Always Look Ahead
Challah #1 came out perfectly. Originally uploaded by teachergal Ali Edwards is hosting a week-long challenge to document your life in photographs and words. If you’re interested in taking part … Continue Reading Document a Week in the Life
The things I had to do for this challah! Originally uploaded by teachergal I was patiently waiting in line at the Hope Street Location of Seven Stars Bakery. I eyed … Continue Reading PHOTO FRIDAYS: An Almost-“Seinfeld” Moment
A few days ago I received two e-mails from one of my former fifth graders that I hadn’t seen since the final day of school in June 2007. He’s now … Continue Reading Preserve Your Students’ Year in Writing & in Pictures
Patriotic Farm in Lincoln, RI Originally uploaded by teachergal Lincoln, RI is one of the most rustic-feeling locations I’ve encountered since I moved to Rhode Island last summer. I had … Continue Reading Photo Fridays: Captured by this Scene
I built a website on Shutterfly to share pictures and news with my students’ families. This might be overkill seeing as I also built a classroom blog. I was going … Continue Reading Sharing Photos with Students & Families
old file tote with new folders Originally uploaded by teachergal I have four days left until I head back to school. Granted, I’ll be in my classroom later today putting … Continue Reading PHOTO FRIDAYS: systems and tools that look pretty
Warning: Music will come on when you click on this album! Make a Smilebox scrapbook
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for the SOLSC! Link your post here by using Mr. Linky and/or posting a comment. I added photos to my post this week, which … Continue Reading Consider adding photos to your SOLS this week.
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A Messy Desk is a Sign of… Originally uploaded by teachergal Last Friday I returned home from six weeks away. I went on vacation for a week and then spent … Continue Reading Photo Fridays: A Peek Into My Work Space
I loved this guy’s shirt… so I took a photo! Originally uploaded by teachergal “You can take the girl out of NY, but you can’t take the NY out of … Continue Reading PHOTO FRIDAYS: NYY vs. SOX
Late Sunset over Lake Winona Originally uploaded by teachergal I marveled, twice, about the fact that the sun sets later in Indiana than it does in Rhode Island (i.e. because … Continue Reading Photo Fridays: An Opportunity to Write About Photographs
I now participate in two challenges every Friday: Poetry Friday and Photo Fridays. If you would like to learn more about Photo Fridays, which is a new challenge hosted by … Continue Reading Photo Fridays