Category Archive: response

Taking Stock: Moving Forward

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As teachers, how might we reflect on our own practice in a way that could make a difference for our students next year? Here are a few lenses for setting some goals…

Hugo Cabret

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For Christmas we gave Sam The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Sam and I have been reading it ever since. I like to move through books quickly, often staying up into the… Continue reading

Writing Groups + Classrooms

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My writing group is an important part of my life as a writer. It’s more than just accountability, but feedback and camaraderie and, well, if I’m super honest, fun. When I was a classroom teacher,… 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

Poetry Portfolio Guidelines

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My colleagues and I met during our Common Planning Time today and solidified this year’s Poetry Portfolio Guidelines, which is an adaptation of what my fifth graders did last year. We’re going to… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: The Sadako Project… A Reflection

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Coming together, as a class, to do something worthwhile… I wanted all of my students to see what teamwork was about. I wanted them to do something as a group to see the… Continue reading

Writer’s-Reader’s Notebook

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I received Linda Rief‘s Inside the Writer’s-Reader’s Notebook: A Workshop Essential (Heinemann 2007) the other day. I began reading it almost immediately. Even though Rief, a New Hampshire Middle School Teacher, gears her… Continue reading