Category Archive: writing

Sharing Some Thinking from the Writing Institute

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I’ve been wanting to try out Storify for awhile, but haven’t head a reason to use it.  Until now.  I decided to put together Storify some of my tweets and pictures from last… Continue reading

Gardens of Young Writers

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Teaching writing is a lot like gardening. It requires constant attention.

Slicing in the Classroom All Year Long

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The week of June 10th was hectic around here.  I had a sleuth of appointments, was doing major revisions to the keynote I’m delivering this Thursday, and was getting ready to visit family… Continue reading

#allwrite13 Online Connections Dinner

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Since Ramona asked and she traveled all the way from Seattle, I honored her request. We went around the room and introduced ourselves. It was a big dinner party — 33 people in… Continue reading

Just Write.

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I hope you are taking the summer to just write. Life is too short not to write. I’ve been percolating today’s blog post and planned to write it this afternoon. However, plans changed,… Continue reading

Thoughts on Writing from the Author of The Mighty Lalouche

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NOTE FROM STACEY: Matthew Olshan wrote The Mighty Lalouche specifically for illustrator Sophie Blackall to illustrate since he was familiar with her fascination of turn-of-the-century boxers.  My interest was piqued by this author-illustrator… Continue reading

Friday Favorites

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Kings Island — We celebrated the first day of summer vacation yesterday. It was crazy-chaos to get out of the door after my last day of school. On Wednesday, my last day of… Continue reading

WN Collecting Idea

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Writer Jordana Horn went into her son’s class, filled with seven and eight year-old kids, earlier this month to lead a session on journaling. She asked the students to write what they don’t… Continue reading

Writing Matters

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Today Deb Gaby and I finished leading the third day of a three-day Foundations of Writing Workshop training. At the end, we asked for reflections. Teacher after teacher commented on the impact of… Continue reading

Trusting Myself

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Expectations of common core, teacher evaluation, and what it means to be literate in the 21st century can sometimes pile up and overwhelm me.  There is so much new information coming at me… Continue reading

The Handwriting Part of Writing

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If you’re in an elementary school, you’ve inevitably had discussion with parents about handwriting.  My policy for writer’s notebooks was always, “As long as I can read it, it’s neat enough.”  I didn’t… Continue reading

slice#2013: 16 of 31

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  Looking forward to reading your slices today. WRITE. Each day in March write a slice on your own blog. SHARE. Link your post here (using the SAME username each day) before the… Continue reading

#slice2013: 15 of 31

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“Write about what makes you different.” Sandra Cisneros   WRITE. Each day in March write a slice on your own blog. SHARE. Link your post here (using the SAME username each day) before… Continue reading

#slice2013: 14 of 31

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“Everybody–even monsters–needed a little attention once in a while.”  ― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief {Care} WRITE. Each day in March write a slice on your own blog. SHARE. Link your post here (using the… Continue reading

#slice2013: 12 of 31

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“I love the way that each book — any book — is its own journey. You open it, and off you go. You are changed in some way, large or small, by having… Continue reading

#slice2013: 11 of 31

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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. — Harriet Tubman {Dream}… Continue reading

#slice2013: 10 of 31

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“Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.”  ― Samuel Johnson {Persevere} WRITE. Each day in March write a slice on your own blog. SHARE. Link your post here (using the SAME… Continue reading

#slice2013: 9 of 31

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  MID-MONTH GIVEAWAY! Keep track of the number of blogs you comment on between yesterday and today. Then go here to report your number. The person who comments the most will win a copy of Interactive Modeling by… Continue reading

#slice2013: 8 of 31

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Everyone has a story that makes me stronger. I know that the work I do is important and I enjoy it, but it is nice to hear the feedback of what we do… Continue reading

#slice 2013: 6 of 31

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ATTENTION SLICERS! IMPORTANT MESSAGE! ATTENTION SLICERS! IMPORTANT MESSAGE! ATTENTION SLICERS! IMPORTANT MESSAGE! Please please please use the SAME username each time you leave a comment. Christy Rush-Levine is tracking every slicer every day for… Continue reading