NCTE: Reading Assessment.

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While at NCTE, I listened to Patrick Allen, Franki Sibberson, and colleagues discuss reading assessment.  Here are some highlights: One assessment isn’t better than another and none can stand alone.  We need a… Continue reading

The First “Slice of Life Story Challenge” of December

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Mr. Linky is down (again — seems to be a common theme) so please link your Slice of Life Story… Continue reading

Basic Comment Sheet

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Need a basic comment sheet for your students’ next Publishing Celebration? Just make a three-column table in Word like this:

Stacey’s Memoir Monday Post: In-Process About My Closest Friend

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Through the years… Originally uploaded by teachergal I took one of the lean prompts, and some of the questions Sprague gave us during the Stories in Hand Class, and used them to start… Continue reading

A Fabulous Etsian Made These for My Kids!

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Custom-made Idea Notebooks Originally uploaded by teachergal If you read this blog a lot, then you know I love Etsy! I’ve found many creative Etsians who have created wonderful things for my classroom… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Thanksgiving

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Growing up, we traveled deep into the hills of the Ozarks in Arkansas for Thanksgiving dinner with my grandparents.  We used to sing, “Through the river and over the hills to Grandma’s house… Continue reading

Standard English vs. Texting.

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In my most November 2008 issue of The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, I came across an article by Gloria E. Jacobs, “We Learn What We Do:  Developing a Repertoire of Writing… Continue reading

Revisiting

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My colleagues and I are going to revisit writer’s notebooks with our students right after the winter recess. We haven’t written the teaching points yet, but our homework, over the holiday, was to… Continue reading

Memoir Mondays

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Time to take a trip down memory lane… Once you write your post, please link it here using the Image Linky. (If you don’t see the Image Linky below, then leave a comment… Continue reading

A Couple “Techy” Rubrics

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Earlier this week, I posted about the process of determining how to attach grades to chats and discussion forums.  Before break, my students divided into two groups and determined the areas which should… Continue reading

Sundays are for chart-making.

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Prompts for Writing About Reading Originally uploaded by teachergal I’ve been cranking-out charts for the past hour or so: News & Announcements Charts, as well as strategy charts. Just thought I’d post a… Continue reading

It’s going to be a busy week!

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Week of December 1st, 2008 Originally uploaded by teachergal I just finished planning out the upcoming week and wow… there’s a lot going on! However, when I realized my kids were publishing and… Continue reading

POETRY FRIDAY: The Aspiring Poet’s Journal – Day 1

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Ruth picked up an extra copy of The Aspiring Poet’s Journal by Bernard Friot, in the NCTE Exhibit Hall, before I arrived in San Antonio last Friday. I rifled through it quickly last… Continue reading

JFK said:

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I receive quotes from Real Simple nearly every day. The one I received today resonated with me. It’s from President Kennedy. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest… Continue reading

I am thankful for…

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My Thanksgiving Dessert Creation from 2006. Originally uploaded by teachergal HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I woke up early this morning and started reflecting on what I am thankful for. The list is long and hasn’t… Continue reading

Reading Notes?

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Using Discussion Forums and Chats I am able to gain insight into my students’ reading lives at an amazing rate.  I know which are lovers of books and which would rather stare at… Continue reading

Discussion Forums and Chats.

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Yesterday I invited my students to enter a Discussion Forum.  During class it was a simple thread asking that they post a bit about themselves and then respond to other posts.  Last night… Continue reading

Swarming Thoughts

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Since I returned from San Antonio late Monday night, I’ve had two days with my students as I embrace my shifted paradigm of using technology.  I really didn’t realize that I needed to shift… Continue reading

Day in a Sentence

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Kevin just posted a second call for this week’s Day in a Sentence. I see he’s experiencing the same thing with his weekly challenge that we are with ours… less participation than usual.… Continue reading

Ruth’s Day in a Sentence.

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I’m thankful that my very favorite holiday season is upon us.