Category Archive: reflections

Reflecting: What kind of writer am I?

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Before you plan to ask your students to reflect on the kinds of writers they are (for their end-of-year self-assessments), be sure you ask yourself “What kind of writer am I?”

The Antidote to December Stress: Teach Students to Write about Gratitude

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This time of year can be overwhelming, for teachers and students alike. Writing about gratitude is one way to stay present and positive.

Beginning a Year of Teaching Writing with Reflection

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What goals will you set for your practice this year? Here are a few suggestions.

Ending a Year of Teaching Writing with a Group Reflection

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One thing I love so much about being an educator is the cyclical nature of the school year. The beginning of the year brings promise, renewed energy, and a certain mania. The middle… Continue reading

Reflection and Growth: Writing in Preschool

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Have you ever found yourself in this place? A place where you begin to see something missing and immediately want to change? Be better? I hope so!

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR: PUBLISHING PARTIES

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Beth Moore offers a collection of ten publishing party ideas you can use to celebrate your students’ writing.

Teaching Reflective Writers

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Dana Murphy shares some thoughts about the expectations we place on students when we ask them to reflect on their writing.

Writing Matters

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Today Deb Gaby and I finished leading the third day of a three-day Foundations of Writing Workshop training. At the end, we asked for reflections. Teacher after teacher commented on the impact of… Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Reflections & Self-Assessments

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Peruse our past posts about reflective practice and self-assessments students can use at the end of the school year.

Big Realization from a Tiny Mouse

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I have an irrational fear of mice. It is bad news. My husband has established a preemptive strike in our basement and garage. He engages in an impossible battle to keep our home,… Continue reading

Writing Unapologetically

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One of the lines from the Voices Strong class mantra, taught by Christy Rush-Levine is Write Unapologetically. I love these two words side-by-side standing for genuine marks on the page. Today, I planned… Continue reading

On my mind…

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It’s one of those days. You know, where you wonder if you really want to keep doing this? It’s one of those days. You know, where you are positive you are doing exactly… Continue reading

Because of WMS…

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I began my career as a seventh grade language arts teacher at Wawasee Middle School. Thirteen years later, I remain in the same district, but in a different position. My career path has… Continue reading

Rest.

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Rest. Why does this seem like a dirty four letter word? I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about rest. We were on fall break last week. You might think I took rest… Continue reading

Nudging Joy: A Student Group

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the things I know because I write. I’ve been keeping a little list of these ideas as a crude plan for an article about the topic.… Continue reading

Reflections from Listening to M. Stiefvater

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Here’s the thing: I’m not really the kind of person who follows authors around and gets their signatures and takes photos with them. In fact, I’m rather shy when it comes to this… Continue reading

Facing Discouragement

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I hesitate to write this blog post. Yet it needs written. Maybe for you or for the teacher next door. Definitely for me. This week I’ve had too many conversations with teachers who… Continue reading

If I Didn’t Write Myself I Wouldn’t Know…

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Here’s a little list that is swirling in my mind… If I didn’t write myself I wouldn’t know how critical positive feedback is to the life of a writer. This weekend I received… Continue reading

It’s so much bigger…

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Today Sam went to day one of a five day Lego Camp. I went a little early to pick him up, just so I could observe a little bit. I was impressed by… Continue reading

I Didn’t Expect…

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As many of you know, I’ve been a busy girl this week. I was at Judson University’s Literacy in Motion conference on Wednesday speaking about my work with celebrations. Then yesterday I was… Continue reading