A Blessing in Disguise.

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Funny how sometimes when I post something, I’m tested on it the next day.  Following my post Why Memoir Monday?, fourteen out of fifteen students didn’t complete their homework on Tuesday.  The homework… Continue reading

The League

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Know a high school senior who has been accepted to college and loves to write?  If so, check out this link about scholarships.  Essentially, kids reflect on their civic experiences, in one of… Continue reading

Have You Ever Asked Your Kids for Feedback on YOUR Writing?

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A few years ago I often began asking my students to tell me what I did well as a writer and what I could work on as a writer when I gave them… Continue reading

Progress in the Writing Circle

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Remember that group of kids I wrote about who I decided to take upstairs for weekly lunches on Tuesdays? Well, the five of us didn’t meet last week because the entire class watched… Continue reading

The Last Slice of January

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Please link your Slice of Life Story Post to this one by leaving a comment. Also, we’re still looking for folks who are interested in participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge… Continue reading

Why Memoir Monday?

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When I giggle at my goal as a fifth grader to write a story a day, collecting thick purple folders of words and pictures, stapled into books, I remember the process of learning to… Continue reading

Time for Memoir Monday

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Please leave a link to your memoir-ish post by posting a comment with the link.

A New Writer’s Notebook Rubric

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Sometimes you have to let go of the reigns and allow your students to lead you, right.  Well, I’m preparing to do just that tomorrow when I work with my students, during Writing… Continue reading

Students and Standardized Tests

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MOteacher’s comment on Ruth’s post last night reminded me of those demoralized kids and the children I used to spend countless hours preparing for City and State Tests. MOteacher wrote: “Once talk of… Continue reading

A Must-Read About Letter Writing!

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Head over to the Choice Literacy Website to read an article Mary Lee Hahn wrote entitled “The Joy of Letter Writing: An Integrated Unit for Intermediate Students.”  It’ll surely inspire you to get… Continue reading

The Language We Use When We Teach

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I attended a workshop with Peter H. Johnston, Author of Choice Words, over two years ago.  He spoke a lot about the language we use when we teach.  A lot of what he… Continue reading

A Quick Reflection.

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Stacey and I are big on reflective practice.  (It’s one of the main reasons for our blog.)  To encourage you to do a little on your own, there’s a little poll below.  Won’t… Continue reading

Notebook Celebration: Reflection Sheet

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I volunteered to create a reflection sheet for our grade’s Notebook Celebration next week.  I inserted quite a few “critical literacy” questions, which will hopefully help the kids to reflect as deeply as… Continue reading

Prizes Needed for the Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Busy Adults Sometimes Need Incentives to Write!!! Last March, when we hosted the Slice of Life Story Challenge for the very first time Ali Edwards was generous enough to give away a copy… Continue reading

Assessing.

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Today my students turned in their narratives.  I couldn’t wait to read them, so I began today during my lunch.  I was touched by their writing, and impressed by the significant revisions many… Continue reading

Writing Across the Curriculum

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I got pointed to the Michigan Dept. of Education’s Website by Deb earlier this week.  While I was there I found an interesting document about Writing Across the Curriculum in Language Arts.  If… Continue reading

Reading-Writing Connections: Focus on Conventions

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Here’s a link to the final document that focuses on how to lift the level of your students’ conventions by using The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg.  (If you haven’t seen the draft I… Continue reading

Developing Realistic Fictional Characters

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I was assessing my students in Reading in a colleague’s office today.  As a student was finishing up a passage silently, I began looking at her walls.  I found a great chart on… Continue reading

Slice of Life: Conferring

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There’s a kid in my class that I’m continually impressed by.  His answers are straight-out honest and typically thoughtful.  He participates, even though at first glance I didn’t think he would.  And yesterday… Continue reading

Inauguration Slices, Anyone?

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Bonnie planted a seed in my head yesterday when she mentioned she was headed down to the Inauguration.  While I don’t want to stymie anyone, I think it would be neat if today’s… Continue reading