Touchstone Texts Helped

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11 out of the 17 students who were present yesterday turned-in their drafts. Nine of them will be getting customized letterhead. Good number, right? I found that the packet of touchstone texts (letters)… Continue reading

Readings for Student Teachers

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My student teacher’s program informed me that I could give her some reading to do over the winter recess. (I’ve already met Miss M., as I’ll refer to her going forward, and she’s… Continue reading

My Life as a Reader.

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The first unit of study is coming to a close.  The summative assessment is two part.  First, students are to create a multimedia presentation (text + image + audio) of their past, present,… Continue reading

More from NCTE: Jim Burke + Assignments

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For the last session of the conference, I attended a session with Jim Burke, Jeff Wilhelm, and Alan Sitomer geared toward secondary teachers.  It was excellent, so excellent that I took 13 pages of… Continue reading

It’s Time to Read This Article (if you haven’t already).

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Have you read the article on Michelle Rhee in the latest issue of Time? If not, click here to read about this controversial Chancellor of Education in the Washington, DC Public School System.… Continue reading

Action Research: Student Engagement in the Writing Workshop

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I bounced the idea of an action research project around with the person who observes us each year. We chatted about developing an action research project for my classroom that I can carry… Continue reading

Holiday Gifts

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I was listening to the John Tesh Radio Show as I drove to Ceramics Class last night. A segment entitled “What Are Kids Asking Santa for This Year?” came on as I was… Continue reading

Stacey’s SOLS: At the Car Wash

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I was tooling around with Photoshop 7.0 for just a bit this evening. Here’s the Slice of Life Story I created with words + pictures. The text looks blurry below, but it’s completely… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life: 5:23 am

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Each morning, near 5:20 am, I am reflecting on my daily bible reading and devotions.  A hot cup of tea keeps my frigid hands warm.  I am completely ready for the day —… Continue reading

Remember This.

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In the rush of December, let’s remember: Be happy today. Be kind and be generous with your smile — you’ll start some ripples. — Stacey Julian, Altogether Too Happy

It’s time for the Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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The New Slice of Life Story Challenge Button! Originally uploaded by teachergal We look forward to reading and commenting on all of the Slice of Life Stories that you link to this post.… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Christmas is Coming!

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 Edited:  This is a digital layout created using Photoshop Elements (download a free 30 day trial version here) for a class I’m taking from JessicaSprague.com called Up and Running with Photoshop (it’s a self-paced course and on… Continue reading

A Bit of Perspective.

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Late Friday night, after having friends over for dinner, decorating a birthday cake, and cleaning the house in preparation for a birthday party the next day, I found myself vegging out with blogs. … Continue reading

Memoir Monday Is Here & So Is the New Badge!

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Please link your Memoir Monday Post to this one by leaving a comment. (I’ve given up hope with Mr. Linky.) Thanks! Also, feel free to use the new badge, left, alongside your Memoir… Continue reading

Stacey’s Memoir Monday Post: Wedding Memories

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I’ve been admiring Ruth’s Photoshop talent for quite some time. She encouraged me to try out Photoshop Elements 7.0 (PSE), which has a free online trial. I started toying around with it yesterday.… Continue reading

New Buttons.

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Now if these don’t inspire you to participate in this week’s challenges, then I don’t know what will! Feel free to use these buttons for your Memoir Monday and Slice of Life Tuesday… Continue reading

Letterhead

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Tuesday’s News & Announcements Chart Originally uploaded by teachergal As you know, Sunday’s are for chart-making in my home. I just finished creating this week’s News & Announcements Charts (for Morning Meeting) as… Continue reading

CFG

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I recently learned what a Critical Friends Group, or CFG, is from one of my colleagues. I’m curious to learn more. If you participate in a CFG, please leave a comment so we… Continue reading

Tech Tools You Should Know About Too

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I met with one of my colleagues after school yesterday to talk-tech with her. We did some URL swapping as well. Here are some of the amazing sites she informed me about, which… Continue reading

Making More Time for Independent Notebook Writing

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My grade-level colleagues and I discussed ways to make more time for independent writing during our last common planning session. One thing that was mentioned was setting aside some time in-class, whether it’s… Continue reading