Category Archive: reflections

defining book.

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Recently my curriculum director gave me the book:  Adolescent Literacy:  Turning Promise into Practiceedited by Kylene Beers, Robert E.Probst, & Linda Rief.  (Is my curriculum director awesome, or what?)  I am quickly realizing… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: They don’t grow back in twosies-twosies

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I started doing it when I was 24. I vowed to stop doing it about 100 times. I’m 30 now and I’m still doing it… I pull out any gray hair that sprouts… Continue reading

i flopped.

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Big Time.  Seriously.  It wasn’t pretty.  But it was a good experience.  Here’s the scenario — A classroom of first graders + Exploding folders filled with stories + Each story is written across… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: rocks.

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written:  August 23, 2007, after reading April Pulley Sayre’s Stars Beneath Your Bed:   The Surprising Story of Dust.  Rocks.  I used to not notice them.  And if I’m honest, which I am (especially… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: September 11th

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Today is September 11th. My heart aches to be back in the City that I stood in on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001. I will never forget the words, “A plane flew into the… Continue reading

taking away from today.

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In Stacey’s last post (right below this one), she wrote, “So what I’m taking away from today is . . . “  and I thought, what a good reflection for the end of… Continue reading

the balance of teaching writing.

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Do you ever feel like you’re being pulled in different teaching directions — conventions and craft and process?  Do you sometimes feel guilty when you’re teaching about craft that you should be teaching… Continue reading

our talk.

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This week I have been working with some stellar teachers.  My role in their rooms has been that of a team teacher and so it’s been easy for me to absorb things from… Continue reading

clay fragments.

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When I was learning the ropes of teaching, Tammy Hess helped me along.  We stumbled into a study group for teachers of writing through the All-Write Consortium.  We weren’t sure what it was… Continue reading

before GO.

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Pretty soon we’re going to be going at full speed as a new school year begins.  Before GO, though, there’s GET READY and GET SET.  Have you gotten ready, gotten set?  I know… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: stories matter

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One of the ways I’ve used this summer to grow is by noticing the small stories that are creating my life. These stories matter. Little did I know what an impact these little… Continue reading

m.i.a.

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Thank goodness for Stacey these past few weeks or this blog would have shriveled up and died! Strangely (and unexpectedly), life has hit hard. In the past two weeks, we’ve had: three different… Continue reading

My Last Day in New York City

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It rained today. Hard. Really, really hard. I had to run the windshield wipers on the highest setting just so I could see out. Hence, I didn’t do everything I had hoped to… Continue reading

capturing life.

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My husband had left for 14 days for Peru, South America.  During the time he was gone, I tenaciously captured our life through photos and blog posts.  My son and I didn’t do… Continue reading

Writing About Reading

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I wrote the following in a reflection after hearing Ellin Oliver Keene speak at Teachers College on April 3rd, 2006. I think what I wrote then is worthy of mentioning on this blog… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: noticings

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So far this morning I’ve noticed: My son is becoming a little boy.  He smiles for the camera now.  He sits on a stool up at the counter alone now.  He doesn’t need… Continue reading

change.

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Funny, I logged on to make this post & Stacey used a similar title for her last post.  Change must be on our brains! I’m realizing that one of the facts of life… Continue reading

Ch-ch-ch-changes

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I asked my students how they’ve changed as writers from the beginning of the year until now. Here’s what a few of them said: In the beginning of the year I was terrible;… Continue reading