As I get ready to head back into my classroom, I am thinking about my feedback and the intention vs. outcome.
Category: precise language
Many Reasons to Love the Oxford Comma
I love the Oxford comma. But not for the reasons you might think.
On a Snow-Melting Day + Giveaway
Prepare yourself for some exquisite words to get your writing week off to a wonderful start.
A Mini-Crash-Course on Oral Storytelling
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 and did the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Every day in the month of March I recruited my four year old daughter to tell… Continue reading A Mini-Crash-Course on Oral Storytelling
Onomatopoeia + a Giveaway
Trains Go is a new 16 page board book by Steve Light. It's a book that helps a child differentiate between the sounds different trains make. The board book helps readers hear the distinct sounds of a mountain train, a speed train, a steam train, a diesel train, etc. It reminds readers that not all… Continue reading Onomatopoeia + a Giveaway
A Few Questions for Peter H. Johnston + a Book Giveaway
I've learned the importance of communicating clearly with students through the Responsive Classroom training I've had and books I've read about teacher-talk. One book that resonated with me several years ago was Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children's Learning by Peter H. Johnston. In his book, Johnston made me think deeply about the words… Continue reading A Few Questions for Peter H. Johnston + a Book Giveaway
Praising Kids. Talking to Kids. Questioning Kids.
I've been doing Pilates since August 2008. I started it in order to get stronger after some surgery I had in 2007. I've been doing it three times a week for the past few months. While I have nothing even close to Madonna's physique, I have certainly become stronger. My Pilates Instructor is very cautious… Continue reading Praising Kids. Talking to Kids. Questioning Kids.
Using Precise Language When Writing About Reading or When Writing in One’s Notebook
I conferred with one of my students during Reading Workshop today about the writing she was doing about her reading. I noticed the words "things" and "stuff" appearing. I showed her the poem I wrote earlier today in order to encourage her to use words like "things" and "stuff" only when it's clear what those… Continue reading Using Precise Language When Writing About Reading or When Writing in One’s Notebook