Merry Christmas.

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Five Christmas”es” down and one to go.  It’s been a whirlwind of a holiday season on this end, which explains why blogging has been lighter.  Here in Indiana it was in the 60’s… Continue reading

Literacy-Related News Stories

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Some of the latest literacy-related headlines you might want to peruse: A Hartford Story Tries to Dodge an Abrupt End By Lary Bloom (The New York Times) The economic crisis and drop in… Continue reading

Photo Fridays: That Barn Again

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I’ve been photographing a farm in Lincoln, RI for the past few months. I spotted it right before September 11th and was struck by the flag that hung between the silos. I’ve continued… Continue reading

Poetry Friday – Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou’s famous “Amazing Peace” Poem was recently turned into a picture book (Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem). I love everything about this book, especially the way in which the art matches the… Continue reading

Goals Restated

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A reader, Sara, suggested, a few weeks ago, that I restate the students’ goals for the upcoming Writer’s Notebook Unit of Study as “I Can…” Statements, which I did for the two most… Continue reading

Exchanging “Kind Words for My Classmates”

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I had a remarkable day with my students yesterday on so many levels. However, the “Kind Words” Exchange was incredible. I recorded some of their reactions to the Exchange. (Can’t read what the… Continue reading

Always: A Mentor Text for Writing Questions and Repetition

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Always Written by Ann Stott Illustrated by Matt Phelan Published by Candlewick Press in August 2008 Review copy provided by the publisher Always is a touching tale about a young boy who questions… Continue reading

SAS’s SOLS

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My husband planned on waking up extra early this morning so we could exchange cards (or as he calls it, “exchanging our pieces of paper) for our first anniversary today. We did that,… Continue reading

Slice of Life Call

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Good Morning Slicers! Please post a comment with a link to your Slice of Life Story.

That Personal Touch

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Our Entry Table Has Begun to Brim with Anniversary and Chanukah Cards Originally uploaded by teachergal We’re all so busy these days, aren’t we? The snowstorm that hit New England this past Friday… Continue reading

Looking Back on “One Little Word”

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2008’s OLW Originally uploaded by teachergal My best friend was at my apartment a couple of weeks ago and noticed a placard that said “Balance” in the top right corner. She asked what… Continue reading

Some Executives Have Some Mail Coming to Their Offices Now!

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Dropping a Stamped Persuasive Letter Into the Outgoing Mail Basket IS a Form of Publishing! Originally uploaded by teachergal Eleven of my kids showed up to school on this very icy Monday. 10:11… Continue reading

Memoir Monday’s Here!

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Please link your Memoir Monday Post to this one by leaving a comment so we (Ruth and I), as well as others can read your post from the past. Also, please feel free… Continue reading

Stacey’s M.M.: Young Adulthood

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I chose a two-part SIH Spark for today’s Memoir Monday Post. It is: Why did you decide to go to college? Why did you go to the college you chose? Going to college… Continue reading

What’s Next?

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I received a question earlier this evening about what’s next in my Writing Workshop: What do you usually do next in writing workshop? I just finished persuasive writing, and this is the first… Continue reading

Rapid Writes

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Penny Kittle and Don Graves’s Quick Writes Book attracted some of my kids inasmuch as I adapted some of the “Quick Writes” for my students to use as homework (if they needed an… Continue reading

Teaching About ALL of the December Holidays

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My students know I celebrate Chanukah, not Christmas. That’s all they know. I have never gone into greater detail about the Festival of Lights since I didn’t want to seem as though I… Continue reading

Action Research Questions Reviewed

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I reviewed all of the answers my focal children gave me to the questions I asked regarding their writing process. I entered it into a spreadsheet. I’m sharing it in this forum for… Continue reading

The Newbery Controversy

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As a child, I used to avoid books with “that gold medal” like the plague. I wouldn’t pick one up – at all. In fact, I read more SVH (sad, but true) and… Continue reading

Fixing-Up Spelling in a Writer’s Notebook

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I created another video about one more spelling strategy a colleague told me about to help some of my struggling spellers with the words they frequently misspell in their writing. (I’m only going… Continue reading