The Newbery Controversy

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As a child, I used to avoid books with “that gold medal” like the plague. I wouldn’t pick one up – at all. In fact, I read more SVH (sad, but true) and… Continue reading

Fixing-Up Spelling in a Writer’s Notebook

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I created another video about one more spelling strategy a colleague told me about to help some of my struggling spellers with the words they frequently misspell in their writing. (I’m only going… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: A Snow Day with No Snow to Speak of… YET!

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Nearly every school in Rhode Island seems to be closed today due to the impending snow. My school is no exception. Today’s school day was called-off yesterday afternoon when the weather reports became… Continue reading

The Reading Zone.

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Last weekend I was compelled to return to Nancie Atwell’s book, The Reading Zone, in order to be inspired for this week’s focus lessons.  As I was reviewing it, I ran across this… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice: Rekindled.

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I spent Monday and Tuesday being inspired by Penny Kittle.  My thoughts swirled as  she shared her ideas, passion, and love for teaching students to write well in that no-nonsense genuine style of… Continue reading

Interviewing My Kids

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I administered writing interviews to five of my focal children on Tuesday. One of them actually wrote about it. This was what one of them wrote as a notebook entry that night (N.B.:… Continue reading

Spelling Help

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Need to assist a student who has trouble spelling while writing? Watch this video for a practical tool/tip entitled “My Fast Word Fixer.”

Day in a Sentence Challenge

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You’ll have to click on the image below to read the words in order. 😉

That’s a wrap!

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As I was departing ceramics class last night, I realized that it was the last time I’d have my hands on clay or glaze for the rest of 2008. As we each left,… Continue reading

The Contest Is Almost Here!

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Thanks to the folks who commented on my SOLS about the Menorah Making Contest. 🙂 Just wanted to show you the finished product. (The judging is on Thursday night.)

Paper: A Resource

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I couldn’t locate the dark lines my students used to use underneath white paper when they started publishing their persuasive letters today. Therefore, I did a Google Search to find some. I didn’t… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: High School Art Class.

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I walk into my favorite class of the day, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are floating through the air, She grew up in an Indiana town, with a good lookin’ mama who was never ’round,… Continue reading

C’mon & Slice Away on This Mid-December Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday Everyone! We’re looking forward to reading your slice of life stories. Just link your story’s URL to this post as a comment. (Did I mention I’ve completely given up hope with… Continue reading

Slicing Away on Tuesday

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Note: Jazz Music will play when you open up the slide show below. Make a Smilebox slideshow

Poetry in the Classroom

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I was recently invited to write a post for the Stenhouse Blog. It just went live today. It’s a compilation of ideas about how to infuse poetry into the classroom.

Writing Lessons at ReadWriteThink.org

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After reading through “Using Web 2.0 in the Classroom” in the most recent issue of Reading Today, I went online to ReadWriteThink.org to read through a lesson entitled “Weekly Writer’s Blogs.” It was… Continue reading

Time for Memoir Monday!!!

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Please link your Memoir Monday Post to this one by leaving a comment. (For now, we’re through with Mr. Linky.) Thanks! Also, please feel free to use the new badge, above, alongside your… Continue reading

Strongest Wedding Memories

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Strongest Memories from My Wedding Day Originally uploaded by teachergal I was perusing the Stories in Hand Sparks from Jessica Sprague’s Online Class I took last month. With just eight days left until… Continue reading

The Invitation

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I feel like someone handing out bids during Rush, which is not a great feeling. However, this is the invite I’m extending to five students for a lunchtime writing group, which will start… Continue reading

Writing Behaviors & the Process

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With the action research project I’m about to embark on, I’m trying to get a better hold on the writing behaviors my students, who do not write regularly, possess. I reached for M.… Continue reading