Category Archive: reflections

Are you up for one more challenge?

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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. We also wanted… Continue reading

End of the Year Letters from Students to Me

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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 not only help… Continue reading

There Isn’t Time… The Gates Are Closing… Teaching ’til the End…

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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 — sometimes successfully… Continue reading

The Queen of Forms Page Led Me to Create This!

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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 post today, to… Continue reading

“Responding to Poetry” – Form Evolution

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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 my fourth graders… Continue reading

Writing Workshop Teacher – Reflection

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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 reflection about Writing… Continue reading

end of year reflections.

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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 up to the… Continue reading

Writing About Reading: It’s Time to Kick It Up A Notch (or two)

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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 put together the… Continue reading

reflective practice.

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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 practice.  Everyday after… Continue reading

confidence.

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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 I feel the… Continue reading

relax.

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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 an understatement!)  Last… Continue reading

share your stories.

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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 often, we forget… Continue reading

Self-Assessing Their Notebooks

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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 year. One of… Continue reading

WN ENTRY: Remembering

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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 a more painful… Continue reading

OLW (One Little Word).

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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 by clicking here.… Continue reading

I’m Back.

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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 bittersweet.  The joy… Continue reading

Last Post of the Year

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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 personally. Though it… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: merry & bright.

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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 lights that have… Continue reading

upon returning from ncte.

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I made an entry in my writer’s notebook called:  Some thoughts WHIRLING in my mind.  Here’s a list of 20 pieces of thinking whirling around my mind.  This is my effort to begin… Continue reading

straight from ncte.

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So I’m in the 21st Century Learning Center . . . and what am I doing?  BLOGGING! The opening session was Amy Tan & her story was lovely.  Her main point:  Invisible Strength. … Continue reading