Big News!

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Stacey and I are excited to share that we have signed a contract with Stenhouse Publishers to write our first book! The working title of the book is Writing 180 and is inspired… Continue reading

Mentor Text: Subway Ride

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A couple months ago I received an advance copy of Subway Ride, written by Heather Lynn Miller, in the mail from Charlesbridge Publishers.  It’s a new title from the Massachusetts-based publisher this year. … Continue reading

Welcome Mark Overmeyer!

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Mark Overmeyer, author of When Writing Workshop Isn’t Working (Stenhouse, 2005) and What Student Writing Teaches Us (Stenhouse, 2009) has been on tour through the blog world.  Mark, who wrote both books in small… Continue reading

The Final SOLSC of the Month

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Join us for the final Slice of Life Story Challenge by sharing a slice of your day with us by leaving a comment with a link to your post.

Memoir Monday.

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Link your Memoir Monday posts here.

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Footprints in the Sand.

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A week ago, I participated in a scrapbook challenge to document a part of my wedding that has yet to be recorded.  I lifted a line from a song sung during the ceremony… Continue reading

Updating Our Website

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Have you been to the Two Writing Teachers Website yet?  If so, you’ll have noticed that it’s a place where we have some resources for quite a few units of study.  However, during… Continue reading

Reflections on the 2008 – 2009 School Year

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On Monday, June 29th, we will begin our summer posting schedule. Therefore, I wanted to take some time to reflect, publicly, on my school year, which ended yesterday at 11:00 a.m. Challenges I’m… Continue reading

Grace

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“How you climb up the mountain is just as important as how… More you get down the mountain. And so it is with life, which for many of us becomes one big gigantic… Continue reading

A Writing Send-Off

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Everyone received one last notebook! Originally uploaded by teachergal I began cleaning out my classroom supply cabinet yesterday. I found 16 leftover notebooks that were donated to my classroom from DonorsChoose. Since items… Continue reading

What are your questions about assessment?

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Mark Overmeyer’s new book is available early for your reading pleasure!  Just click here to go to the Stenhouse link for full access to the book, as well as a cool writing challenge… Continue reading

Poetry for the Summer Birthday Kiddos

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Yesterday afternoon, I was fishing around for permanent markers in my classroom supply closet when I noticed the birthday pencils.  I ordered a gross of pencils from a teacher supply company five years… Continue reading

Embrace the Energy of the Essentials.

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I’d like to send a big thank you to all those who attended my session today at the All-Write Summer Institute.  I’d love to hear the essential area that you are planning to focus on in… Continue reading

The Truth Matters!

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My students published their research-based essays on the Holocaust this morning, which was not a small feat! I was so incredibly proud of their diligence and desire to produce a quality piece of… Continue reading

Slice of Life.

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Looking forward to reading your slices from today.  Looking for inspiration for today’s slice?  Why not pay attention to the places that are important to your everyday life.  Please link your posts in… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life: Indiana.

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When I was in Stacey’s classroom, they opened their day with the poem “This is Indiana” by Rebecca Kai Dotlich.  This bit of the poem inspires my slice of life today: This is… Continue reading

The Final Publishing Celebration of the School Year

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Cookies? Check! Chips? Check! Juice Boxes Check! Comment Sheet! Check! I’ve often been asked “What do the other students and guests do at your celebrations?”  Well, I hold them accountable for commenting on… Continue reading

Memoir Monday

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This week I’m thinking about the importance of place.  So for my Memoir Monday, I captured some memories from one of my very favorite places of my past.  If you are looking for… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Geneva Center

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One of my favorite places in this world is Geneva Center.  Here are pieces from my memory that will someday lead to more writing. The smell of the campfire that glows on the… Continue reading

It’s Hard to Believe the School Year Is Winding-Down!

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I made my final News & Announcements Charts of the school year this morning.  It’s hard to believe that I won’t be making these next year (since I’ll be consulting).  I calculated how… Continue reading