All-Write Summer Institute.

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What do these people all have in common? Carl Anderson Max Brand Aimee Buckner Dan Feilgeson Candace Fleming Kelly Gallagher Lester Laminack Stephanie Parsons Gary Schmidt Frank Serafini Jacqueline Woodson Besides being leaders… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: Saturday Morning

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A few minutes before 7:00 am and I hear the pitter-patter of feet making their way down the stairs.  I look up and see two giant smiles, “Good morning, Mom,” they say in… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge

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It’s the third SOLSC of the month of May. Share a slice of your day with us by posting it as a comment.

Ruth’s Memoior-ish Monday: Bridal Shower.

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This weekend I went to a bridal shower and I was reminded of my own wedding preparations.  Isn’t it strange the way time plays with your mind? It seems like it was just a… Continue reading

Memories…

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Please share your memories with us today and every Monday.

Reading Notebooks

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Katie asked: How often do you collect and look at notebooks or are you doing it as you conference with students? I rarely read through a student’s notebook during a Writing Conference.  The… Continue reading

Our Motto Is True!

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Apparently the Two Writing Teachers’ Motto, “Write: It’s Good for You” is true, according to a Penn State Researcher.  Click here to find out why writing can be good for your health.

communicate!

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Both of my daughters are in school.  One attends a Christian preschool and the other attends public school.  Being on the “other side” of the school gig has opened my eyes to many, many… Continue reading

Genres in My Upper Grade Classrooms

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I’m plowing through the questions Katie asked, last week, methodically. Here are the two I’m going to answer today: Which genres do you teach during the year? Approximately how long do you spend… Continue reading

Testing Demands and Writing Workshop

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Literacy Spark asked: Do you have to deal with testing in writing…if not how would you deal with?  I’m trying to teach it as an immersion genre, like everything else but I’m meeting… Continue reading

Feedback in Writing Circle

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During today’s Writing Circle Luncheon, I had two of my students share a piece of writing they did this week that they were pleased with and on which they wanted feedback.  I wanted… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: “Play Trains, Mom”

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This is a common scene in my life right now.  The shirt changes and the track changes and the length of train changes . . . the the hat + the hobby + the… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge: May – Part Deux

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It’s the second SOLSC of the month of May.  Share a slice of your day with us by posting it as a comment.

some thoughts about assessment

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One. It is constant. The more I learn about student writers, the more I am in a constant state of assessment. Any time I’m around student writers, I’m assessing them. I’m noticing what… Continue reading

MM Time!

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Please share your memories with us today and every Monday.

Follow the Dialogue

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Tomorrow morning in Reading Workshop, I’ll be teaching a lesson with the following teaching point: Readers keep track of who is speaking in a text, regardless of whether or not there are dialogue… Continue reading

Tools for Writers

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I just created a new Treasury called “Writers and Poets” at Etsy. It contains a variety of writerly things in blues and creams. Click here to view the Treasury before it expires on… Continue reading

Just what are the kids writing in those notebooks?

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Mrs. V. left the following comment yesterday: “Thanks for your details. Could you tell me more about their idea notebook nightly assignment? What are the requirements and how do you assess it? Also,… Continue reading

From the Notebook to a Final Copy

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Yesterday, Katie left the following comment: Stacey is there a post or can you post your process for students’ writing. What I mean is where do they draft, what do you collect and… Continue reading

Create a Poetry Collection.

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So you know those cheapie photo albums — the plastic ones that sell for a buck?  I think they are perfect for publishing writing.  There’s about 32 pages in one & 4 x… Continue reading