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

tracks of teaching.

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I’ve always been a big believer that the “tracks of teaching” should be evident when walking into a classroom.  By this, I mean that if I simply scan the walls of a classroom,… Continue reading

Well-Defined

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Salinger’s book Well Defined: Vocabulary in Rhyme provides me with a way to teach my students vocabulary and poetry simultaneously.  I’m passionate about both, which is why I was so excited to get… Continue reading

Punctuation Is NOT An Editing Tool: It’s a Crafting Tool!

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I started reading Dan Feigelson’s Book Practical Punctuation: Lessons on Rule Making and Rule Breaking in Elementary Writing yesterday.  It’s the first time I’ve sat down and read a book on grammar and… Continue reading

Vocabulary

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Michael F. Graves’s Book The Vocabulary Book: Learning & Instruction asserts that increasing a child’s vocabulary makes him/her a stronger writer (43).  He states: The goal is to get students to realize that… Continue reading

SOLSC Drawing

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Watch the video to find out who will be receiving the coaster from reChinafication. Click here to view the video.  If you’re the winner, then please e-mail me your address.

Link Your Slice of Life Story Here!

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The month-long Slice of Life Story Challenge is two weeks away. However, if you stopped by to submit the link to the Slice of Life Story you wrote for today, then Ruth and… Continue reading

Writerly Things to Do on February Break

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Are you off from work this week?  Are you looking for ways to nurture your inner writer?  If so, then here’s a little list I made, which may (or may not) appeal to… Continue reading

Memoir Monday

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It’s that time of the week again! Please link your memoir-ish post to this one by leaving a comment.

Catching Up on Education News

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What’s the news?  If you’re wondering what’s being discussed in education right now, take a look at Eduwonks’ Post about the buzz in educational news.

The Keys to Effective Instruction

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Barbara J. Walker, President of the International Reading Association, wrote an open letter to President Obama in the February/March 2009 Issue of Reading Today, which I received in yesterday’s mail.  Points four and… Continue reading

Hooray! Hooray! Today’s the 100th Day!!!

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I used to think the 100th Day was bogus (when I started teaching).  I didn’t get it (probably because I never celebrated it as a kid).  However, as the years went on, I’ve… Continue reading

Writerly Things That Happened at Lunchtime

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Six of my students opted to stay up with me during lunch today.  Two were under the weather and wanted to chill with me; two wanted to finish their reminder posters; the final… Continue reading

Writing Reminders

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Poster Originally uploaded by teachergal I had my Writing Circle up for lunch on Tuesday. I asked them to count the number of entries they’d written in the past six weeks. Let’s just… Continue reading

Drawing #2

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And the winner is… BONNIE! BTW: I’ve got to buy myself a video camera… the video quality on my digital camera is really poor. Have a great week everyone!