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…
My students are starting their poetry unit of study tomorrow. Hence, all of my News & Announcements Charts for the upcoming week have something poetry-related on them:
Poetry Portfolio Originally uploaded by teachergal It’s May. National Poetry Month is over. However, that means that I’m just three weeks away from the start of our final unit of … Continue Reading Gearing Up for Poetry
I did some slight tweaking to our memoir unit of study. This is this year’s “final” version. Session 1: Writers read and listen to student memoirs and then write in … Continue Reading Slight Tweaking
We’re starting a new unit of study on Monday: MEMOIR! I’ve taught it twice using Calkins and Chiarella’s Book. However, this year is going to be different. Kate and I … Continue Reading Gearing-Up for Memoir
I LOVE Jane Yolen’s book Color Me a Rhyme: Nature Poems for Young People. In fact, I read it to my class last year on the first day of our … Continue Reading A One Week Poetry Challenge: Day 8 of 8
I’ve been working alongside Colette Berg & Melissa Possell in their first grade rooms. We’ve been having students do a lot of collaboration as they make their first foray into … Continue Reading first grade poetry.
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One of the most powerful ways to become a better writing teacher is to write. And one of the most essential things to write is what we expect our students … Continue Reading Teacher as Writer.
Yesterday a fourth grade classroom I work with kicked off their poetry study by mapping their hearts (sans Georgia Heard). Stacey & I did this a few months ago for … Continue Reading What’s on your heart?
Let’s be honest. How many of you out there about lose your mind during the research phase of expository writing? Here in Indiana, it is expected that beginning in 3rd … Continue Reading research mania.
I’m starting one of my favorite units of study tomorrow morning in Writing Workshop: PERSUASIVE LETTERS! It’s been a favorite for the past three years due to the amazing things … Continue Reading Gearing up for persuasive letter writing
After I attended the November 17th NCTE Workshop entitled “Where Has All The Real Choice Gone?” my mind started turning. Ruth and I went out for cupcakes and coffee at … Continue Reading Choice & Genre Studies
Thank you to everyone who made me do some thinking about “writing about reading” today. Using the TCRWP’s old binder of lessons for this unit of study, I think I … Continue Reading More thinking about “writing about reading”
Over the summer Kate and I planned out a short unit of study on friendly letter writing for our students. We re-grouped today since we’re launching it tomorrow. Here’s the … Continue Reading Friendly Letter Writing Unit of Study
In our hurry-up-and-get-it-done-society, sometimes it’s tough to get our students to slow down and realize their unique writing processes. Sometimes it’s tough for us, as their teachers, to slow things … Continue Reading lingering in drafts.
I received an e-mail from another blogger who teaches middle school who asked about the pacing of the teaching points and units of study. Specifically, she wanted to know, “What … Continue Reading Pacing