Category Archive: writing workshop

Student Stories #3.

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It’s Thursday, so that means STUDENT STORIES! Write your story & then link it via Mr. Linky. Also, please leave a comment on this post with your link so that when we move… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLSC: A Walk Through Campus.

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I loved (and I mean lovedlovedloved) walking through IU’s campus.  It was the most gorgeous, meaningful, life changing walk I’ve ever taken. I remember the first time, feeling so small, wondering if I… Continue reading

Reading [Student Writing] Like an Artist.

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This was the title of Katherine Bomer’s keynote speech which she gave at 9 am this morning. Katherine was inspiring and uplifting and simply amazing. Anyone who has read this blog for any… Continue reading

All-Write Summer Institute 2008: Day One

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Today I’ve been able to soak up thinking and ideas and general good stuff from: Penny Kittle. Lester Laminack. Katherine Bomer. My, oh my! To say my brain is swirling would be an… Continue reading

getting organized for next year

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Conferring Notebook Tabs Originally uploaded by teachergal Anyone who puts up next year’s bulletin boards before the school year ends will feel at-home when reading this post since that’s what I do since… Continue reading

Flipping My Schedule Upside Down

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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 morning. When I… Continue reading

Two Writing Teachers Turns One Today!

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1st blog birthday card to ruth Originally uploaded by teachergal One year ago, today, Ruth and I started this blog. For two months we wrote content and tried to finesse it so that… Continue reading

Favorite Genres

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One of the questions on my Year-End Writing Evaluation was “What was your favorite genre/unit of study this year and why?” All of the kids only choose three genres from a list of… Continue reading

Shifting Gears: From Drafting to Revision and Editing

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Poetry is one of my favorite genres to teach. I simply love the way the genre empowers ALL kids to have success with their words. (Quite frankly, I wish I could teach it… Continue reading

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Mentor Poems Lesson

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Starting My Poetry Craft Table Originally uploaded by teachergal Tomorrow, I’m doing some explicit instruction on identifying poetic tools in poems we admire and then trying to use those tools in our own… Continue reading

the big picture.

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Yesterday I received a note in snail mail from a former student who graduated this year.  Here is what it said, typed as closely as possible to the original: Thank you Mrs. Ayres,… Continue reading

Making Mentor Poems Accessible At Any Time

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Mentor Poems Bulletin Board, originally uploaded by teachergal. I realized the other day that it was unfair to only provide extra mentor poems, from my mentor poems binder, to kids when I conferred… Continue reading

Summer Reading.

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At my daughter’s k – 3 school, there is a summer reading challenge.  Each year the challenge changes, but the idea is to encourage a LOT of reading over the summer.  This year… Continue reading

Thomas Sweet: The Evolution of My Blend-Ins

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My father began taking me to Thomas Sweet Ice Cream Shop when I was around six or seven years old. He introduced me to Blend-Ins, which is ice cream that is blended with… Continue reading

Teaching Figurative Language with Mentor Poems

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I was conferring with one of my students in Writing Workshop yesterday and quickly found, as I researched, my compliment (meaningful line breaks while drafting) and teaching point (using figurative language, specifically similes).… Continue reading

“Memoir Mondays” Inspiration

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Is there a place you have been eating at for years… by yourself or with family? Is it a place you come back to for comfort food again and again? Have you celebrated… Continue reading

thinking things through.

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The past week of my professional life has been dedicated to meeting with teachers and reflecting on their writing workshops. The gist of our meetings involves discussing successes and general good stuff happening… Continue reading

The Queen of Forms Page Led Me to Create This!

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elementary school version of the end of the year reflection tool that ruth created Originally uploaded by teachergal I went to Ruth’s Queen of Forms Page, as per her earlier post today, to… Continue reading

remember this.

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From time to time I check in on Sara Holbrook’s blog.  Today I was shocked and saddened by the death of her 7 year old granddaughter earlier this month.  I was also touched by… Continue reading

end of the year student reflection.

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Last week I posted an end of the year refection for teachers to use to assess their writing workshops.  I also believe it’s important for students to do this same sort of work. … Continue reading