One of my students seemed to be stuck as she sat in her writing focus spot today. She was supposed to be collecting entries and growing some thinking, but her … Continue Reading Helping a Student Generate Non-Narrative WN Entries
I was rereading A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You for pearls of wisdom to lend to one of the reluctant writers in my classroom this evening. Here are … Continue Reading Words of Wisdom from Fletcher
Living Life Twice, a blog written by Alan J. Wright who lives in Australia, has a fantastic post entitled “Writing About Issues -Big and Small.” Here’s an excerpt from his … Continue Reading Writing About Issues
I’m sitting in Nashua preparing for tomorrow’s presentation. Part of my preparation means returning to my old binders and files when my thinking changed about the teaching of writing. The … Continue Reading Thinking More About Teachers & Notebooks
Here’s the public version of the presentation I’ll be giving at the New England Association of Teachers of English’s Fall Conference tomorrow. Click on the link below to view the … Continue Reading Teaching Writing Workshop with A Wide-Open Notebook
This is my final post for this week’s Big Picture Series on Genuine Writing. Therefore, I wanted to leave you with a draft of a handout I’m planning to hand … Continue Reading Getting Motivated
Ro asked: I have a student in my class who is on the spectrum and is extremely reluctant to writing. He doesn’t think anything is important or worth writing about. … Continue Reading Thoughts About Working with a REALLY Reluctant Writer
Earlier this week I wrote a quick write in my writer’s notebook about getting my cabbage patch kid. (Last week for Memoir Monday, I toyed with the So What? of … Continue Reading Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Getting Laney.
This summer I heard Penny Kittle speak about using storyboards. This week I’ve tried them out in classrooms. They aren’t all that different from one of the ways I talk … Continue Reading Storyboards.
I read in Katie Wood Ray’s Study Driven: Showing what surrounds a character can help the reader understand a lot about the character (34). It inspired me to write about … Continue Reading Ruth’s Slice of Life: Messy Bedroom.
Nurturing Originally uploaded by teachergal I put together a mini-chart for my students to tape into their writer’s notebooks after tomorrow’s minilesson so that they’ll have a permanent record of … Continue Reading Considering what one’s piece is REALLY about
Peek into two a strategy lesson and a conference I had during today’s Writing Workshop. 1. Strategy Lesson With Ruth’s Blessing, I printed out her the Slice of Life Story … Continue Reading Peek In!
Today was the first day I checked my students’ Idea Notebooks, using the rubric I adapted from Buckner’s Book, since the school year began. The frequency with which the kids … Continue Reading Paragraphing in Notebooks
Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day (link takes you to Wikipedia; here is the official site). Next to Christmas, this may just be my favorite! 🙂 A little known … Continue Reading Yo-Ho-Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me!
Ruth and I are getting ready for our presentation in San Antonio, which is just a couple of months away. We joined the NCTE 2008 Conference NING, where we’re posting … Continue Reading Preview Our NCTE Presentation
I did the strong emotions lesson (using Skittles) on Friday. My demonstration was way longer than it was supposed to be (on paper), but I felt that I needed to … Continue Reading Sharing Lists of Emotions