I’m trying to compile a list of professional development opportunities for teachers. I posted about it last month and got a few responses (Thanks!). However, the list is short and … Continue Reading Summer P.D.
Late Sunset over Lake Winona Originally uploaded by teachergal I marveled, twice, about the fact that the sun sets later in Indiana than it does in Rhode Island (i.e. because … Continue Reading Photo Fridays: An Opportunity to Write About Photographs
…handmade welcome cards to all of my students. This is what the backs of them look like: I kept it simple this year… a short note about me being their … Continue Reading Getting ready to send…
My Summer (Professional) Reading Originally uploaded by teachergal These four books have been sitting in my bookshelf for the past year begging to be read. I’ve thumbed through Using Literature … Continue Reading Some are older… Some are newer…
Kevin challenged his blog readers to boil-down their day into one sentence. Since I’m heading into school today to box-up my stuff so that the cleaning crew has an easier … Continue Reading Six Words: Day in a Sentence Challenge
My students’ Summer Literacy Challenge Packets are sitting in their mailboxes this morning, ready-to-go. I included a notebook, a pencil, a sticker, and two postage-paid, pre-addressed envelopes so that the … Continue Reading Summer Challenge Packets Go Home W/My Kids Today
Today might be one of a handful of times I will ever teaching Writing Workshop after lunch when my kids come back from dance. (I LOVE teaching writing in the … Continue Reading Flipping My Schedule Upside Down
A couple of weeks ago Ruth and I were on the phone when her husband came into the room and told her there was a tornado that touched down about … Continue Reading WN Entry: How does one make sense of this statement: “He was his parents’ only child.”
Jen Barney, of A Teacher’s Life, posted a comment on a post I wrote a couple months ago about summer writing loss. Jen suggested that I give my students a … Continue Reading Summer Literacy Challenge for Kids
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 … Continue Reading There Isn’t Time… The Gates Are Closing… Teaching ’til the End…
Last week I blogged about summer writing loss. This is because I’m starting to get anxious about the school year ending since I feel like there isn’t enough time for … Continue Reading Reading and Writing Their Way Through Summer
Linda B. Gambrell, President of the International Reading Association, has a great column in the April/May 2008 Issue entitled “Closing the summer reading gap: You can make a difference!” It’s … Continue Reading Closing the Summer Writing Gap????
We stayed up late last night to watch the final game between Kansas and Memphis. Only two points separated Marc and I from one another in our little bracket contest. … Continue Reading Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Jacob’s Pillow HERE I COME!
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 … Continue Reading before GO.
Narragansett Beach, RI Narragansett Originally uploaded by teachergal STRATEGY: Write about the first time you did something. ENTRY: This past weekend was full of firsts. We had our first Shabbat … Continue Reading WN Entry: Writing About My First Visit to Narragansett Beach
We just returned from Cape Cod and Nantucket where I had the privilege of spending some time at the seashore breathing in the fresh, clean, New England Air. Ahhhh! We … Continue Reading WN Entry: Collecting Seashells at the Seashore
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 … Continue Reading ruth’s wn entry: stories matter
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 … Continue Reading m.i.a.
Fletcher suggests writing about a brother, sister, or special relative. Remember: think small. Focus on one aspect of that person, or one experience you had with him or her. “Go … Continue Reading Ruth’s WN Entry: A Special Relative
ReadWriteThink, a partnership between IRA and NCTE, launched a brand new section of their website today, which focuses on summer literacy activities for children. The activities are broken down into … Continue Reading Summer Vacation Literacy Activites