SOLSC – Day 18 of 31

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We’re on the 18th day our month-long writing challenge! (Can you believe it?) Please link your Slice of Life Story to this post by leaving a comment (scroll to the bottom of this… Continue reading

The “No Worksheet” Zone

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I started teaching a unit of study on Conventions yesterday.  (I really think I need a more dazzling name for this, but for now, it’s going to be known as the “Conventions Unit… Continue reading

SOLSC – Day 17 of 31

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We’re on the 17th day our month-long writing challenge! Kindly link your Slice of Life Story to this post by leaving a comment (scroll to the bottom of this post) before 11:59 p.m.… Continue reading

SOLSC – Day 16 of 31

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We’re just past the half-way point of our month-long writing challenge! Kindly link your Slice of Life Story to this post by leaving a comment (scroll to the bottom of this post) before… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: Quiet Pause.

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Yesterday was a day of celebrating.  Today held a few moments of reflecting.  Our oldest daughter went home with her best friend after church.  Our youngest two played together forever outside.  The parental… Continue reading

SOLSC – Day 15 of 31

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We’re on the 15th day our month-long writing challenge! Kindly link your Slice of Life Story to this post by leaving a comment (scroll to the bottom of this post) before 11:59 p.m.… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: Got’cha Day!

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Karate.  An old-fashioned rootbeer stand, complete with frosted mugs, a juke box, and hoolahoops.  Hugs.  Swirled soft-serve from Dairy Queen, with sprinkles.  Cuddle on the couch with a movie.  All in honor of… Continue reading

Summer P.D.

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I’m trying to compile a list of professional development opportunities for teachers. I posted about it last month and got a few responses (Thanks!).  However, the list is short and certainly not comprehensive… Continue reading

SOLSC – Day 14 of 31

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We’re on the 14th day our month-long writing challenge! Kindly link your Slice of Life Story to this post by leaving a comment (scroll to the bottom of this post) before 11:59 p.m.… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: It’s a . . .

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My little brother called me.  (I use the adjective “little” loosely here since he is nearly a foot taller than me.  The proper adjective would be “younger,” but “little” is used due to… Continue reading

SOLSC – Day 13 of 31

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We’re on the thirteenth day our month-long writing challenge! Kindly link your Slice of Life Story to this post by leaving a comment (scroll to the bottom of this post) before 11:59 p.m.… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: Driving.

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I spend a lot of time in the car.   Not only do I drive fifty minutes to get to the school where I’m currently working, but I also drive during the day, between… Continue reading

SOLSC: Day 12 of 31

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We’re more than a third of the way through our month-long writing challenge! Kindly link your Slice of Life Story to this post by leaving a comment (scroll to the bottom of this… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: Connected!

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I accept that it is going to be a few more days until I can connect my desktop.  I accept that I cannot blog from school.  I accept that I have a limited… Continue reading

SOLSC: Day 11 of 31

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Today’s the eleventh day of our month-long writing challenge! Please link your Slice of Life Story to this post by leaving a comment (scroll to the bottom of this post) before 11:59 p.m.… Continue reading

National Poetry Month

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Are you ready for National Poetry Month?  Mmmm… if you’re like me, then the answer is Not yet, but I will be.” Trying to gear up for this amazing educational experience for your… Continue reading

SOLSC: Day 10 of 31

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Today’s the tenth day of our month-long writing challenge! Please link your Slice of Life Story to this post by leaving a comment (scroll to the bottom of this post) before 11:59 p.m.… Continue reading

Pre-Publishing Checklist for Memoirs

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I created a checklist for my students to use before they publish their memoir. It reflects the Qualities of Good Writing I blogged about recently.

SOLSC: Day 9 of 31

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We’re into the second week of of our month-long writing challenge! Please link your Slice of Life Story to this post by leaving a comment (scroll to the bottom of this post) before… Continue reading

Verbs in Revision

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Georgia Heard’s Book The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques That Work is one of the best books on the teaching of writing that I own.  If it’s not in your bookshelf, then click here… Continue reading