Sometimes I think about the amazing work happening in writing workshops, and then wonder if anyone else notices. Sometimes the things that are most amazing are small bits that pack … Continue Reading Documenting Our Learning
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 … Continue Reading Persuasion with Karen Caine
For Christmas we gave Sam The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Sam and I have been reading it ever since. I like to move through books quickly, often staying … Continue Reading Hugo Cabret
On Friday afternoon, I spent some time reading and commenting on other writers’ SOL stories. As I made my way through various blogs, I noticed a couple of people (e.g., … Continue Reading Reflection
I’ve been percolating some ideas for the Celebrating Writers book Christi Overman and I are working on and expect to have out later this year with Stenhouse. We pretty much … Continue Reading Celebrating Versus Publishing
First a little reflection on OLW ’11… I chose this word because I felt like it encompassed everything in my life. The list of words in the tape along the … Continue Reading Ruth’s OLW: Reflection 2011 + Word 2012.
My kids are junkies when it comes to QR Codes. They love spotting them. They are addicted to the thrill of scanning. They like the possibility of where the QR … Continue Reading QR Codes
Short post since my internet is slow at best, although nonexistent is more accurate. My school was canceled today. I spent a lot of my day writing. I’ve been revising my query … Continue Reading What are you writing?
I wish we could change the world by creating powerful writers forever instead of indifferent writers for school. —Mem Fox I just want to take a deep breath and read … Continue Reading Teach the Writer
Patrick A. Allen is a literacy consultant and a 4th grade teacher from Denver, Colorado. He is the author of two Stenhouse books: Conferring: The Keystone of Reader’s Workshop and … Continue Reading GUEST BLOG POST: Patrick Allen
I know I’ve spent several posts talking about the All-Write Summer Institute. This is because it was BIG! Here are more thoughts and reflections from the 2011 Summer Institute. Unfortunately … Continue Reading More All-Write Reflections
Julie Johnson, the author of Raising Readers and Writers, has taught for 20 years in both special and general education. She currently teaches third grade in Hilliard City Schools where … Continue Reading GUEST BLOG POST: Taking Time for Reflection.
People grumble, growl, and roll their eyes when it comes to Mondays. Monday mornings are good fodder for jokes. However, I like to look at Monday as a day of … Continue Reading Monday Possibilities.
Today Maggie Gayton asked her first graders to write a reflection about what they have learned recently as a writer. Her students, using pictures and words, reminded us of the … Continue Reading First Grade Reflections
Here is a roundup of reflections from Slice of Life Story Challenge. Trust me, there’s not much better than this for your soul. (My apologies if I missed yours. If … Continue Reading Sundays for the Soul: SOLSC Reflections
I am thrilled to hear so many plans to extend Slice of Life Story Challenge to your classrooms. Thank you to those who have shared their thinking. My friend Ruth … Continue Reading SOLS Challenge in the Classroom
My One Little Word finally found me. I’m looking forward to seeing the way it wraps itself around my world and changes me bit by bit. Already I’ve found it … Continue Reading OLW 2011
Hannah, my oldest daughter woke up this morning and said: Today is the eve of the eve of Christmas eve. I paused and counted the days back from Friday, smiled … Continue Reading The Eve of the Eve of the . . .
Most schools in this area are on break. However, my daughters’ school is not one of them. They continue to go to school through Wednesday. Today I volunteered in my … Continue Reading Thinking About Others
Awww man, this was yesterday’s post and I completely forgot. Yesterday was a day filled with unexpected tasks. Have you ever had one of those days? You just never seem … Continue Reading Yesterday’s Post