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

SOLSC: Day 8 of 31

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Welcome to the eighth 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… Continue reading

SOLSC: Day 7 of 31

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Welcome to the seventh 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… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice: Gummy Worms.

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Often on Friday afternoons, my youngest two kids and I will stop at an old fashioned general store in a tiny town on our way home.   We park alongside the railroad tracks.  When… Continue reading

comments matter!

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Stacey and I often talk about the power of comments.  The long and the short of it all is this:   Comments matter.  A lot. With that said, we’ve been ecstatic about the number… Continue reading

SOLSC: Day 6 of 31

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Welcome to the sixth 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… Continue reading

Conferring Truths.

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The thing that struck me the most while observing Debbie Miller was her demeanor with children. She was genuine.  Sweet.  Kind.  Responsive.  After watching her in a second grade and first grade classroom,… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice: Debbie Miller Observation!

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Sitting on the floor of a primary classroom, watching Debbie Miller lead a reading workshop, I am reminded of the importance of a student-led classroom.  It all comes down to either embracing the… Continue reading

Learning More About Conventions Through the Close-Study of a Text

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I’ve been thinking a lot about conventions and their importance. Without proper conventions, how can a piece of writing hold its own? All of our young writers need to realize that published writers… Continue reading

Better Written Responses

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As some of you know, one of my colleagues and I put the finishing touches on a p.d. we’re doing, later this week, yesterday afternoon.  One of the things we spent some time… Continue reading

SOLSC: Day 5 of 31

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Welcome to the fifth 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… Continue reading

Thank You for the Thank You Note

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I’ve hesitated writing this post for a few days.  For one thing, I didn’t want this post to seem like I was tooting my own horn.  Second, I didn’t want my classroom to… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice: Morning Tea.

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His loud wailing sobs broke into the serene morning.  Our mornings are peaceful.  Always.  (Usually.)  Right now it isn’t quiet.  The sobs are echoing through the entire house — bouncing off of the … Continue reading

SOLSC: Day 4 of 31

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Welcome to the fourth 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… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life 3/31: Hello March!

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The sun streams through the sky down to my face: bright, bold, warm. The wind whips through the parking lot cutting through my winter attire: brutal, biting, cold. Hello March! whirls in my… Continue reading

SOLSC: Day 3 of 31

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Welcome to the third 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… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life 2/31: Home

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Ahh, the comfort of my office. I sit here, with one of my favorite scents permeating the room – mandarin cranberry – the soft glow of my lamps and the ticking of my… Continue reading

SOLSC: Day 2 of 31

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Welcome to the second 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… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life 1/31: New

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The smell of Murphy’s Oil Soap stings my nose and eyes. It’s such an old fashioned smell and it reminds me that the methodical, intricate scrubbing I’m doing on my cabinets is something… Continue reading