A Writing Send-Off

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Everyone received one last notebook! Originally uploaded by teachergal I began cleaning out my classroom supply cabinet yesterday. I found 16 leftover notebooks that were donated to my classroom from DonorsChoose. Since items… Continue reading

What are your questions about assessment?

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Mark Overmeyer’s new book is available early for your reading pleasure!  Just click here to go to the Stenhouse link for full access to the book, as well as a cool writing challenge… Continue reading

Poetry for the Summer Birthday Kiddos

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Yesterday afternoon, I was fishing around for permanent markers in my classroom supply closet when I noticed the birthday pencils.  I ordered a gross of pencils from a teacher supply company five years… Continue reading

Embrace the Energy of the Essentials.

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I’d like to send a big thank you to all those who attended my session today at the All-Write Summer Institute.  I’d love to hear the essential area that you are planning to focus on in… Continue reading

The Truth Matters!

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My students published their research-based essays on the Holocaust this morning, which was not a small feat! I was so incredibly proud of their diligence and desire to produce a quality piece of… Continue reading

Slice of Life.

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Looking forward to reading your slices from today.  Looking for inspiration for today’s slice?  Why not pay attention to the places that are important to your everyday life.  Please link your posts in… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life: Indiana.

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When I was in Stacey’s classroom, they opened their day with the poem “This is Indiana” by Rebecca Kai Dotlich.  This bit of the poem inspires my slice of life today: This is… Continue reading

The Final Publishing Celebration of the School Year

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Cookies? Check! Chips? Check! Juice Boxes Check! Comment Sheet! Check! I’ve often been asked “What do the other students and guests do at your celebrations?”  Well, I hold them accountable for commenting on… Continue reading

Memoir Monday

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This week I’m thinking about the importance of place.  So for my Memoir Monday, I captured some memories from one of my very favorite places of my past.  If you are looking for… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Geneva Center

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One of my favorite places in this world is Geneva Center.  Here are pieces from my memory that will someday lead to more writing. The smell of the campfire that glows on the… Continue reading

It’s Hard to Believe the School Year Is Winding-Down!

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I made my final News & Announcements Charts of the school year this morning.  It’s hard to believe that I won’t be making these next year (since I’ll be consulting).  I calculated how… Continue reading

Rubric Creation for “This I Believe” Essays

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I was at the computer this morning when my students created a pretty basic rubric for their final unit of study’s essays. The following is what they created. They’ll use it to self-assess… Continue reading

End of Year Letters BACK TO My Students

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My Hope and Dream Letter Originally uploaded by teachergal I can hardly believe there’s only five school days left even though I’ve been going through my students’ end of the year reflection letters,… Continue reading

Submission

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After three – four weeks of crafting, drafting, revising, and editing my “This I Believe” Essay, I finally submitted it for publication tonight!  🙂 It felt great to finally submit the essay, which… Continue reading

Timelining Helps Kids Write Factual and Moving Concluding Paragraphs

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I attended Beth Moore‘s Session on Social Studies in the Writing Classroom at the March 2009 Saturday Reunion. It was an exceedingly useful session with tips I’ve been using in the past month… Continue reading

SOLSC

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Sorry this post is up late! We’re still hosting the Slice of Life Story Challenge today (and every Tuesday). Share a slice of your day with us by leaving a comment with a… Continue reading

Special Moments

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Link your memory-related post to this one by leaving a comment on this post. Please share your memories with us today.

Summer is Here — Kind of!

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For me, summer started a week ago.  For Stacey, summer starts in nine more school days.  Here’s what you can expect on Two Writing Teachers throughout the summer months (beginning June 29). Mondays… Continue reading

Stacey’s Classroom.

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Today I had the honor to go to school with Stacey!  There’s only one word to describe being in her classroom — WOW!  She is an amazing teacher, which we know, but to… Continue reading

Happy Blog-versary!

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Two Writing Teachers turned TWO today!  To celebrate, Stacey bought a cake & I “dropped by” for a little bloggie-celebration!  How fun to be in the same room together as opposed to 872… Continue reading