Category Archive: reflective practice

Filling Needs.

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I have this job that I’m incredibly thankful for. It gives me a chance to focus — really focus — on the teaching of writing. Naturally I’m interested in all areas of literacy,… Continue reading

Forty Years.

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Happy anniversary Mom and Dad! Forty years ago today they were married. It’s kinda a big deal, you know, to be married for forty years. It gives me pause and makes me think… Continue reading

Storytelling

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One of the ways Martha Horn suggests launching workshop is to spend a significant amount of time steeping the workshop in storytelling. In fact, she suggests every child tell a story aloud to… Continue reading

It Feels Good…

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It was one of those days where writing workshop just felt good. Here’s a little recap of the highlights. First thing this morning, I implemented the things I’m learning from Martha Horn from… Continue reading

Drafting

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If you are a regular reader, you know a lot of my thinking lately has been about writing process, and specifically nudging third grade writers into more traditional drafts. Today’s post is a… Continue reading

Writing Process in Action

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A few posts ago I shared my evolving thoughts about the writing process. Last week I was able to put my thinking to the test. In third grade, kids were getting ready to… Continue reading

Teach the Writer

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I wish we could change the world by creating powerful writers forever instead of indifferent writers for school. —Mem Fox I just want to take a deep breath and read those words again.… Continue reading

What do you think?

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I often write to figure out things. This is typically scrawled in a notebook that no one but me sees. I follow winding trails of thoughts, capture snippets, and try to come to… Continue reading

Facebook Event Wrap-Up

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Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s Stenhouse/Two Writing Teachers Facebook Event.  It was great to receive so much positive feedback on our Facebook Page from all of you. In case… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: Patrick Allen

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Patrick A. Allen is a literacy consultant and a 4th grade teacher from Denver, Colorado. He is the author of two Stenhouse books: Conferring: The Keystone of Reader’s Workshop and Put Thinking to… Continue reading

More All-Write Reflections

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I know I’ve spent several posts talking about the All-Write Summer Institute. This is because it was BIG! Here are more thoughts and reflections from the 2011 Summer Institute. Unfortunately I’m afraid I’ve… Continue reading

All-Write Reflection + {Discover. Play. Build.}

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Sometimes when an experience seems so big it is hard to focus a reflection. Sometimes it is hard to settle the thoughts and find the meaning. Sometimes it is difficult to even know… Continue reading

All-Write Conference

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I on purpose waited to write today’s post because I knew I’d have all kinds of ideas swirling after the All-Write conference. However, it is 10:15 and I’m just sitting down alone in… Continue reading

How’s your writing workshop going?

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The year is beginning to wind down, so it is a perfect time for a little reflection on writing workshop. Here are the questions whirling in my mind. I’d love to know your… Continue reading

First Grade Reflections

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Today Maggie Gayton asked her first graders to write a reflection about what they have learned recently as a writer. Her students, using pictures and words, reminded us of the power of writing… Continue reading

Sundays for the Soul: SOLSC Reflections

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Here is a roundup of reflections from Slice of Life Story Challenge. Trust me, there’s not much better than this for your soul. (My apologies if I missed yours. If you wrote a… Continue reading

Processing My Learning (Ruth’s SOLS)

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    One of my favorite parts of my job is I am privileged to a lot of professional development. Often when I travel to conferences, I attend with our district reading coach,… Continue reading

SOLS Challenge in the Classroom

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I am thrilled to hear so many plans to extend Slice of Life Story Challenge to your classrooms. Thank you to those who have shared their thinking. My friend Ruth Metcalfe (she posts… Continue reading

How’s Your OLW?

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I think choosing a OLW (one little word) for the year is a great way to embark on a reflective life. When I chose vitality for my OLW, I knew I was in… Continue reading

An Inspirational Professional Text + A Giveaway

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When I was a classroom teacher I had my fair share of challenging students.  Through the years I taught had quite a few students with social-emotional issues, learning disabilities, and discipline problems.  I’ve… Continue reading