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

SOLSC: Day 1 of 31

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Welcome to the first 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

Slice of Life Buttons

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Here are some buttons you can use if you want to proudly display your participation in the Slice of Life Challenge.  🙂  Also, feel free to use these with your students too. My… Continue reading

Let’s Celebrate!

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Today was the end of the trimester at my school.  This also means it is the end of the course I’ve been teaching for the past twelve weeks.  Naturally, we held a writing… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge Giveaways

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Here’s a peek at what we’re giving away for participants of the March Challenge. (NOTE: If we have more daily participants than prizes, then we’ll go into drawing-mode.) NOTE: Each picture is hyperlinked… Continue reading

SOLSC Inspiration

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Looking for ways to get your class inspired about the upcoming Slice of Life Story Challenge?  Here are a few ideas: 1.  Send a letter home like I posted on Sunday.  Be sure… Continue reading

Looking for Feedback

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Qualities of Good Writing Doodles0002 Originally uploaded by teachergal As a teacher of writing, what do these doodles say to you about the qualities of good writing? Please leave a comment and LMK… Continue reading

And the Winner Is . . .

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No video drawing this week, I had to use more archaic measures.  It went like this: Checked the number of comments and subtract one (since Stacey isn’t eligible to win our own giveaway!)… Continue reading

Reading Response Letters.

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Today my students took a summative assessment over the novelsthey read for their literature circles.  There were four parts to include in the letter, which aligned with the kinds of notes they took in… Continue reading

Reflections

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This week my students are reflecting on the drafting process (of their memoirs) more than they’re sharing at the end of Workshop time.  I wanted to have-a-go with them reflecting, in lieu of… Continue reading

Noticing Exclamation Points and Periods in a Published Text

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I’ve been preparing for a p.d. session on conventions that I’m leading with one of my colleagues next Friday.  Hence, I’m trying to look at picture books with an eye for grammar and… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life: A Nearly Perfect Moment

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Sun streaming in Watching my students Pencils moving Thoughts swarming Ideas evolving Lives changing

Quote.

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Ali Edwards has had this up on her site for a few days now.  It’s speaking to me. Souza : For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to… Continue reading

Link Your Slice of Life Story Here!

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The month-long Slice of Life Story Challenge is a few days away.  If you’re looking to get ready to launch a month-long Slice of Life Story Challenge in your classroom, then please click… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir-ish Monday: Give Choice a Chance

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So we’ve been studying persuasion in my ninth grade English class.  Since my students were required to write a persuasive piece, I placed the same expectation on myself.  I’m “getting away” using this… Continue reading

Memoir Monday

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Happy Monday!  Please link your marvelous Monday Memoirs in the comments section of this post!  (By the way, this will be the last Memoir Monday post until April 6, due to the month-long… Continue reading

Gearing Up for the Classroom Part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Are you planning to host a Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC) in your classroom during the month of March?  If so, here are some basic tools to launch it this-coming Sunday, 3/1/09.… Continue reading

messy assessment :)

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Terri left the following comment on a recent post, “Tracks of Teaching.” I was just thinking of this very thing this morning.  How do you assess kids on what you have taught if… Continue reading

A Thought + A Poem

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Around Indiana, Kindergarten Round Up is in full swing.  This personally effects me since my red-headed flair of a five year old will be entering kindergarten next year.  She is so excited.  She’s… Continue reading