Old Photos

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After yesterday’s writing, I was reminded of something I read in Ralph Fletcher’s A Writer’s Notebook:  Unlocking the Writer Within You.  (Since this is the second reference for this book in less than… Continue reading

Memoir Monday: How things used to be.

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From my writer’s notebook yesterday: Today I came across an old mini-golf score card from when I beat Andy.  (This doesn’t happen very often, so I stuck it in my very first writer’s… Continue reading

Kids As Mentors

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I’m getting ready for Family-Teacher Conferences tomorrow. As I do, I’m putting together folders for each family, which includes the following things: A reading & word work assessment profile with each student’s score… Continue reading

M.M.: Election Memories

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I remember the Election of 1992 like it was yesterday. I was in tenth grade, just back from a summer program at Wellesley College where I studied the presidential election for three solid… Continue reading

Memoir Mondays

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pre-election missives or entries

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Many teachers have the kids write letters to their future selves at the start of the academic year (to be opened in June). I’ve never been one of those teachers, but I’m starting… Continue reading

She showed it to me!

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Great news! The student who I blogged about yesterday went home and did the first of the graphic organizers last night. WOO-HOO! She really did a nice job working within the structure I… Continue reading

Photo Fridays: Look Back, but Always Look Ahead

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A view from behind Originally uploaded by teachergal I’ve come to believe that once I make a decision, I should never look back. And quite frankly, I don’t. I stick with something once… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: At the Pumpkin Patch

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Jenny Whitehead’s Book, Holiday Stew: A Kid’s Portion of Holiday and Seasonal Poems, is chock-full of wonderful treasures that can be shared with kids on religious and secular holidays. It’s categorized by season… Continue reading

Helping a Student Generate Non-Narrative WN Entries

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One of my students seemed to be stuck as she sat in her writing focus spot today. She was supposed to be collecting entries and growing some thinking, but her pencil was barely… Continue reading

Words of Wisdom from Fletcher

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I was rereading A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You for pearls of wisdom to lend to one of the reluctant writers in my classroom this evening. Here are some of those… Continue reading

Thank You!

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Little did I know what I was in for when I asked for response.  Thank you!  Thank you!  I cannot even begin to tell you how your response has stretched me as a… Continue reading

Day in a Sentence – Written at 6:15 a.m.

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I’m sitting in darkness because my desk lamp, which has had the same fluorescent bulb for the past five years, just blew out.

Stacey’s SOLSC

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My handwritten slice… about one of the students who inspired the entire Slice of Life Story Challenge this past winter. (He’s coming back for a visit next week!)

It’s here and we hope you join us!

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for our weekly SLICE OF LIFE STORY CHALLENGE. Please link your post here by clicking on the image linky below. EDITED: If the button isn’t working for… Continue reading

Response PLEASE!

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I was asked to submit  a piece of writing for a little newsletter the All-Write Consortium is putting together.  The focuse for this issue is Why Workshop?  So I refined a poem that… Continue reading

Collecting Ideas As An Essayist

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Today’s lesson is one of my favorites of the school year. It’s the day when the kids really start to notice the world around them with a heightened sense of awareness. The teaching… Continue reading

Stacey’s M.M. Post: Tomatoes

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Jersey Tomatoes. The sound of those two words evokes a strong smell memory. I can smell the garden-fresh, bright red, ripe tomatoes my father grew in our backyard when I was a little… Continue reading

Join the Trip Down Memory Lane

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It’s time for Memoir Monday! Link your post to this one by clicking on the image linky.

We all have lots of small moments to write about!

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I went through “My Pictures” Folder this morning and located a sleuth of photographs that capture some of the small, ordinary moments of my life during the past year. I put it into… Continue reading