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

Launching Minilesson: Writer’s Notebook Unit of Study

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I head back to school tomorrow. I am starting a new unit of study in both Reading and Writing Workshop (nonfiction and notebook writing, respectively). Hence, I thought I’d share my first Writing… Continue reading

Networked Blogs

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Poetry Friday & Photo Friday Collide (Again)

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The Perfect Hot Fudge Sundaes Originally uploaded by teachergal Bernard Friot gives readers a charge on Day 100 of The Aspiring Poet’s Journal to write a poem as a text message. Since I’m… Continue reading

Classroom Re-Org for 2009

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Spaces & Places: Designing Classrooms for Literacy Written by Debbie Diller Published by Stenhouse Publishers in 2008 Review copy provided by the publisher It’s a new year, not a new school year… so… Continue reading

Ruth’s OLW for 2009

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Happy New Year!  I hope that you have been soaking up the joys of vacation.  I have and plan to continue doing so for the next three days.  Soon enough the daily grind… Continue reading

Memoir Inspiration

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Need some inspiration for Memoir Monday?  Need more reason to write your life?  Maybe you’ve chosen write for your One Little Word?  If so, read this Reader’s Digest article “5 Extra Memoir Excerpts.”

My One Little Word of 2009

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Ali Edwards’ Post (yesterday) got me going with the creation of my “placard” that contains my One Little Word of 2009. I toyed with a variety of words to help me capture what… Continue reading

As 2008 Comes to An End…

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Thanks to everyone who reads this Blog! We appreciate your support! Some good wishes await for you inside the slide show (below): Make a Smilebox postcard