Category Archive: reflections

Highlights from the Week

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I have been in a lot of different writing workshops lately. Just this week I’ve been in 13 writing workshops and have met with 13 different teachers in either reflective practice meetings or… Continue reading

Reflecting on Reading Like a Writer

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So I took some time to create a video about the system I created in order to track and reflect on my summer reading. Because I pushed myself to reflect in a new… Continue reading

Writing Heals

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Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of… Continue reading

Year-End Student Reflection

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An integral part of being a writer is taking time for reflective practice. The end of the school year is one time to ask students to reflect on their lives as writers. Take… Continue reading

Refining the Art of Teaching

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Refining is the process of purification.  Natural resources are refined when they are almost in a usable state in order to make them more valuable. I think teachers ought to engage in a… Continue reading

Reflections on the 2008 – 2009 School Year

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On Monday, June 29th, we will begin our summer posting schedule. Therefore, I wanted to take some time to reflect, publicly, on my school year, which ended yesterday at 11:00 a.m. Challenges I’m… Continue reading

End of Year Letters BACK TO My Students

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My Hope and Dream Letter Originally uploaded by teachergal I can hardly believe there’s only five school days left even though I’ve been going through my students’ end of the year reflection letters,… Continue reading

Updated End-of-Year Letter Guidelines

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Here’s what I’m giving my students to work on over the course of three days this week: Guide to End of the Year Letters to Ms. S. NOTE: Your paragraphs do not need… Continue reading

End of Year Classroom Rituals

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I’ve noticed that a post I wrote last June, about letters I have my students write to me at the end of each school year, has been getting a lot of clicks lately.… Continue reading

Reflections

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This week my students are reflecting on the drafting process (of their memoirs) more than they’re sharing at the end of Workshop time.  I wanted to have-a-go with them reflecting, in lieu of… Continue reading

OLW Review.

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Stacey inspired me to post a review of my One Little Word for 2008:  GIVE.  I continue to be amazed by the way One Little Word can impact my life, my outlook, and… Continue reading

That’s a wrap!

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As I was departing ceramics class last night, I realized that it was the last time I’d have my hands on clay or glaze for the rest of 2008. As we each left,… Continue reading

Some Honest Reflections on Our Profession

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Juliann wrote a Slice of Life Story today that included the following paragraph: This job of teaching is a tricky one. It is one that doesn’t stay behind when you close the classroom… Continue reading

Publishing Personal Narratives

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Student Reflection Sheet for Personal Narratives Originally uploaded by teachergal I updated the Personal Narrative Page on the Two Writing Teachers Website to include a student reflection sheet and an in-depth comment sheet… Continue reading

Thinking About the 5.75 with the Lens of a Teacher of Writing

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The Jewish New Year of 5769 is rapidly approaching. (Hence the reason you won’t be reading much from me over the course of the next few days.) Therefore, I’ve been steeping my mind… Continue reading

Writer’s Notebooks, Art Journals, Scrapbooking, Blogs???

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Liza Lee Miller said:  Okay . . . here’s a question for you. As a teacher, as a writer, as an artist . . . what is the difference between a Writer’s Workbook… Continue reading

Please join us and submit a story for today’s challenge:

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Join Us for Our Newest Challenge: Student Stories!

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Today’s the day that our new writing challenge, Student Stories, begins. For more information about the types of writing you might want to do for this Challenge, click here. Once you’ve written your… Continue reading

Student Story #1: I Need to Hold Your Hand

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I’ve taught fourth or fifth grade in low-SES communities ever since I worked as a fifth grade teacher at P.S. 72 in Spanish Harlem when I was a graduate student completing my first… Continue reading

Favorite Genres

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One of the questions on my Year-End Writing Evaluation was “What was your favorite genre/unit of study this year and why?” All of the kids only choose three genres from a list of… Continue reading