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 … Continue Reading Refining the Art of Teaching
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 … Continue Reading Reflections on the 2008 – 2009 School Year
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 … Continue Reading End of Year Letters BACK TO My Students
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 … Continue Reading Updated End-of-Year Letter Guidelines
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 … Continue Reading End of Year Classroom Rituals
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, … Continue Reading Reflections
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, … Continue Reading OLW Review.
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 … Continue Reading That’s a wrap!
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 … Continue Reading Some Honest Reflections on Our Profession
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 … Continue Reading Publishing Personal Narratives
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 … Continue Reading Thinking About the 5.75 with the Lens of a Teacher of Writing
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 … Continue Reading Writer’s Notebooks, Art Journals, Scrapbooking, Blogs???
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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 … Continue Reading Join Us for Our Newest Challenge: Student Stories!
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