Enthusiasm

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I had, what felt like every kid in my class, so many students who wanted to share after yesterday’s Writing Workshop, which was comprised of four strategy lessons.  I was pretty surprised that… Continue reading

SOLSC

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It’s time for the weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge.  Please leave a comment with a link to your post.

It’s Memoir Monday Time!

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Please share your memory-related post with us by leaving a comment.

Strategy Lessons for Writer’s Block

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I’m giving my students the choice to sign-up for one of four strategy lessons after the minilesson is over tomorrow morning in Writing Workshop. You’ll find a Scribd Document below which contains the… Continue reading

Big Picture Series: It’s a Wrap . . . Or Is It?

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NOTE:  We would really appreciate any feedback on the last Big Pictures Series.  Please leave a comment or email us. Does anyone else feel as though there wasn’t a holiday break?  I, for… Continue reading

Getting Ready for My Student Teacher’s First Day

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My student teacher starts with my class tomorrow. Therefore, in order to facilitate a smooth transition (and the earliest possible start-date for her to begin teaching lots of lessons) with a gradual release,… Continue reading

The Big Picture: The Next-to-the-Last Post

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Ruth’s going to close-up TBPS tomorrow. In the meantime, if you’ve read one or all of our posts, but haven’t commented, we hope you’ll do so! We’d really like your feedback on the… Continue reading

Mid-Year Self-Evaluation: Want a Copy?

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It’s that time again… This-coming week is Mid-Year Self-Evaluation Time in my class’s Writing Workshop. I’ve revamped the Mid-Year Self-Evaluation to reflect the questions from not only Buckner’s Book (as I have done… Continue reading

The Big Picture Series: Celebratation

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“Most people search high and wide for the key to success. If they only knew, the key to their dreams lies within.” –George Washington Carver Thoughts: I don’t think I was always able… Continue reading

The Big Picture Series: Freedom in Topic Choice

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“Write what makes you happy.”  — O. Henry What wise words from O. Henry! So often we try to inspire our students to write by giving them topics we think will interest them.… Continue reading

The Big Picture Series: Care Enough.

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What children take home in their heads and hearts is much more important than what they take home in their hands. – Bev Bos Sometimes we get caught up in having the perfect… Continue reading

Guided Writing Article in The Reading Teacher

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For those of you who are interested in learning more about guided writing, check out Sharan A. Gibson’s Article, “An Effective Framework for Primary-Grade Guided Writing Instruction” in the December 2008/January 2009 Issue… Continue reading

Ways I Use My Writer’s Notebook

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I shared an excerpt from the Jacqueline Woodson Section of Speaking of Journals by Paula W. Graham with my students today. Afterwards, we all wrote down some ways in which we already use… Continue reading

Kids As Authors

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We had recess yesterday, which I supervise on Mondays only. There were kids clustered around the classroom playing games, doing art projects, and working on Mad Libs. One of my students, E, came… Continue reading

SOLSC

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Please post a comment with a link to your Slice of Life Story for the first Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC) of the year!

The Big Picture Series: Teacher as Writer

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“If you are not a writer, you will not understand the difficulties of writing. If you are not a writer, you will not know the fears and hopes of the writers you teach.”… Continue reading

Purposes for Writing in a Notebook: Kids’ Responses

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My markers may have been drying up, but there was nothing that was going to stop me from recording my kids’ responses during the minilesson I gave today. Take a look at what… Continue reading

Big Picture Series: Conferring

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“Teach the writer, not the writing.” – Lucy Calkins   Do you ever feel exasperated by all of the errors you see in your students’ writing?  The conference begins and before you know… Continue reading

The First Memoir Monday of 2009

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It’s the first Memoir Monday of 2009. Won’t you share today? All you have to do is leave the link to your post in the comments. Happy Monday!

Big Picture Series: Fellow Travelers

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Too often, there are isolated islands of teachers who are attempting best practice, yet feel no support from the teacher across the hall or even in the building.  We want to be the… Continue reading