What Are You Planning to Do On Inauguration Day?

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President-Elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration is two days away. What are you planning to do to commemorate this moment with your class?  I’ve decided to stream the Inaugural Address in my classroom with my… Continue reading

Draft of a New Craft Table About Ahlberg’s The Pencil: A Work-in-Progress

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I’ve been working on a new craft table about Ahlberg’s Book The Pencil for the past couple of days.  I hope to use this craft table in writing conferences with my students when… Continue reading

Coming Soon… A New Craft Table

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I’ve been pouring over Allan Ahlberg’s  The Pencil, which came out last year, but came on to my radar a few weeks ago.  I’ve been trying to figure out how to use it… Continue reading

feedback.

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Writers need feedback. Frequently.  My high school students are working on writing narratives.  After storyboarding, I asked them to find the heart of the story and to write that single scene to the… Continue reading

Are you ready for Tuesday?

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An historic Inauguration Day is rapidly approaching.  Are you reading a book about the transfer of power or about our President-Elect? Will you be watching the Inauguration live with your class and having… Continue reading

Portable Writer’s Notebooks

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I’ve written a couple of mini-grant proposal on DonorsChoose.org in the past couple of years for real writer’s notebooks (i.e., Bluelines and Moleskines) for my students to use so that they wouldn’t have… Continue reading

Curriculum of Time

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I just finished reading the January 2009 Issue of School Talk, which is focused on nurturing young writers. Katie Wood Ray’s Article “Understanding the Curriculum of Time in the Teaching of Writing” may… Continue reading

Personal Spelling Words

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Sarah wrote: I’m a little behind in your posts, but I was wondering if you would be willing to share the type of spelling program you use with your students? We have a… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: The Morning.

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About a year ago I recorded our bedtime routine — I should do that again, considering there’s two extra kids in on the gig.  It’s funny, though, how much of it is still… Continue reading

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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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