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 … Continue Reading Student Story #1: I Need to Hold Your Hand
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 … Continue Reading Favorite Genres
When Ruth and I developed Two Writing Teachers last year, we wanted it to be a place where teachers could be fueled with a passion for teaching, writing, and living. … Continue Reading Are you up for one more challenge?
This year will be the third year that I’ve had my students write me letters right before I do their final report card. I’ve come to believe that these letters … Continue Reading End of the Year Letters from Students to Me
Next Week: Agh!!!!!!!!!!! Originally uploaded by teachergal Farjeon wrote a poem called “There Isn’t Time,” which has always resonated with me since I try to multi-task all of the time … Continue Reading There Isn’t Time… The Gates Are Closing… Teaching ’til the End…
elementary school version of the end of the year reflection tool that ruth created Originally uploaded by teachergal I went to Ruth’s Queen of Forms Page, as per her earlier … Continue Reading The Queen of Forms Page Led Me to Create This!
Kate and I have been going back-and-forth with “the best” format we can use for getting our kids to start responding to poetry. After something didn’t work as well with … Continue Reading “Responding to Poetry” – Form Evolution
A few days ago Ruth blogged about “end of the year reflections,” where she posted a link to her wiki where one could download an end of the year teaching … Continue Reading Writing Workshop Teacher – Reflection
Here in Indiana, we are wrapping up our school year. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, in ten more happy-wake-ups, school will be out for the summer! Don’t the weeks leading … Continue Reading end of year reflections.
Jacquie McTaggart published an article in Reading Today‘s April/May 2008 Issue entitled “Appeal to Students’ Pride with Online Book Reviews.” This was a timely article for me since I just … Continue Reading Writing About Reading: It’s Time to Kick It Up A Notch (or two)
A few months ago I attended a two day workshop with Debbie Miller. It was phenomenal. The thing I was struck by the most, however, was her commitment to reflective … Continue Reading reflective practice.
I had an interesting phone call yesterday afternoon. Upon answering the phone, the voice on the other end identified herself and went on to tell me, “I’m not sure why … Continue Reading confidence.
I’m not sure what the weather has been like in your corner of the world, but here in the Midwest, it has been bizarre! (Which may be a bit of … Continue Reading relax.
Sometimes I feel that as teachers we are so focused on preparing kids for the next level that we forget what writing can do for them right now. And even more … Continue Reading share your stories.
Inspired by Davis and Hill‘s Book The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing: Strategies, Structures, and Solutions, which is published by Heinemann, I began giving my students weekend writing assessments last … Continue Reading Self-Assessing Their Notebooks
I’ve been celebrating a lot lately… My wedding, My students’ amazing achievements, and as of 5:40 this morning, my snow day. However, amid my joy, Ruth has been going through … Continue Reading WN ENTRY: Remembering
Last week Stacey posted about using Ali’s OLW challenge in her classroom. It’s a very cool post & if you missed it, take a few minutes to check it out … Continue Reading OLW (One Little Word).
In a recent email, I explained to Stacey that life has just consumed me recently and the blogging end of it has taken the hit. The past few weeks have been … Continue Reading I’m Back.
This is going to be my last post for 2007. Tomorrow starts a new year, brimming with possibilities and promise. 2007 has been an amazing year for me professionally and … Continue Reading Last Post of the Year
So I’ve been noticing stuff in my everyday world and wondering what to develop for WNW. It occurred to me on Monday night that I should write about the Christmas … Continue Reading ruth’s wn entry: merry & bright.