Category Archive: reflections

Documenting Our Learning

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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 big meaning. Sometimes… Continue reading

Persuasion with Karen Caine

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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 — SIX times… Continue reading

Hugo Cabret

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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 up into the… Continue reading

Reflection

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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., Zsofi from Grown… Continue reading

Celebrating Versus Publishing

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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 had it drafted,… Continue reading

Ruth’s OLW: Reflection 2011 + Word 2012.

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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 bottom of the… Continue reading

QR Codes

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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 Code might take… Continue reading

What are you writing?

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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 letter and my… Continue reading

Teach the Writer

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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 those words again.… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: Patrick Allen

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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 Put Thinking to… Continue reading

More All-Write Reflections

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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 I’m afraid I’ve… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: Taking Time for Reflection.

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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 she finds great… Continue reading

Monday Possibilities.

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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 possibilities. It is… Continue reading

First Grade Reflections

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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 power of writing… Continue reading

Sundays for the Soul: SOLSC Reflections

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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 you wrote a… Continue reading

SOLS Challenge in the Classroom

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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 Metcalfe (she posts… Continue reading

OLW 2011

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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 weaving its way… Continue reading

The Eve of the Eve of the . . .

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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 and said, “Yes,… Continue reading

Thinking About Others

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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 first grade daughter’s… Continue reading

Yesterday’s Post

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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 to get the… Continue reading