Are you out there Slicers?

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My apologies for the late post today.  Teachers returned yesterday at my school district.  We had huge thunderstorms and lost power.  Can you imagine no copy machines on the day before opening day? … Continue reading

Memoir Monday: Origins of Writing

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the questions Pam Muñoz Ryan posed to the audience at the TCRWP Writing Institute last week. There are many reasons I write: to communicate with others quickly,… Continue reading

Living Like a Writer: Why do you read and write?

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I had the absolute pleasure of listening to Pam Muñoz Ryan deliver the keynote address at the TCRWP Writing Institute this past Wednesday. (And to make things even better, she even signed my… Continue reading

What book will you read aloud on the first day of school?

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When I was a middle school teacher, and now in most workshops that I lead, my favorite first read aloud is Hooray for Diffendoofer Day by Dr. Seuss (with some help from Jack… Continue reading

Professional Talk: Differentiation in Word Study

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I recall hearing about differentiated spelling words, for students in Word Study, the first time I visited the school I taught at in Rhode Island.  I was unsure of how it would be… Continue reading

SOLSC: Internal and External Writing

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This week I am immersed in professional development at the TCRWP Writing Institute.  One of the many things Lucy Calkins eloquently discussed in yesterday’s Keynote Address was the idea of writing in order… Continue reading

Second Memoir Monday of August

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It’s now the second week of August. In Central Pennsylvania, it feels hotter and muggier. In fact, yesterday morning we even had a thunderstorm. While I wish it was a bit cooler, I’m… Continue reading

Living Like a Writer: Someday

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Yesterday morning I received a promotional e-mail from The Daily Planner, a company that sells oodles of interesting writerly supplies.  I perused around their site for a few minutes, find an “8 Days… Continue reading

The Joy of Apostrophes

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Is there any joy when teaching apostrophes? Certainly! The only thing is that the joy doesn’t come from disseminating worksheets to kids… it comes from using books to demonstrate the concept. A couple… Continue reading

Greater Expectations

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Greater Expectations by Robin Turner is an excellent resource for secondary Writing Workshop teachers.  As a high school teacher, he shares real life experiences, authentic teaching points, superb advice, and high quality rubrics… Continue reading

Time to Slice Away a Bit of Your Day

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It’s that time of the week again!  Please join us for the Slice of Life Story Challenge by posting just a snippet about your day.  Then, be sure to click on the comments… Continue reading

Memoir Monday

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There’s something about the transition from July to August that gives many teachers have a bittersweet feeling.  For those of you who live in the Northeast, it feels like summer began a week… Continue reading

Living Like Writers: Food

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Food seems to be a common theme around many folks’ Memoir Monday and Slice of Life Stories this week.  To that end, I’ve been cooking a lot more lately now that I’m getting… Continue reading

Mentor Text Thursday: Editorials.

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This week I thought it would be fun to focus on some mentors of editorials.  This genre, which is typical for middle and high school writers, is among my favorite to teach.  The… Continue reading

500,000

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Swan Boats: Boston — June 2009 Originally uploaded by teachergal A few days ago, one of our readers pointed out that we were getting close to having a half-million hits here on TWT.… Continue reading

Professional Talk: The Walls of Your Classroom

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Each week I receive, The Big Fresh, an e-newsletter from Choice Literacy.  This week’s feature is entitled “There’s Room for Me Here.” As I began reading through the article, it resonated with the… Continue reading

Welcome Slicers!

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Need some inspiration?  Check out this post and the comments from the weekend!  Thanks everyone for participating in Living Like a Writer.  If you participated and haven’t left a comment, it’s not too late… Continue reading

I’m Back to Host Memoir Monday!

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It’s so great to be back and blogging again. In the past month, I’ve been in six states and have unpacked countless boxes (with the help of my dear family). So many memories… Continue reading

Living Like Writers: Collecting Stories.

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Earlier this week, I posted about finding meaning in the everyday stories of our lives.  I ended the post with this line: So here’s to collecting the stories of our lives, finding the… Continue reading

Mentor Text Thursday: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

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Are you familiar with Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas’  bookMuncha!  Muncha!  Muncha!?  This fun, upbeat book has been a favorite of mine (and my kids) for many years.  Not only is it… Continue reading