Keeping Demonstrations Fresh

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I’ve found that my demonstrations run a little long if I’m not adequately prepared. When I say “not adequately prepared,” I mean that if I don’t have recent writing to support my minilesson… Continue reading

Lessons I Learned by Listening

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In the past 48 hours, I’ve attended several services in synagogue and one by the banks of the Seekonk River (for Tashlich). I’ve spent time sitting and standing and sitting and standing and… Continue reading

Develop a Vision.

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I’ve been thinking lately about the importance of writers having a vision for the work they will do.  This is one of those ideas that has become more and more important to me… Continue reading

Inquiry Stance.

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Many of the classrooms I’m working in are launching into a personal narrative study.  I’ve encouraged all of them to approach their study from an inquiry stance.  Meaning, get lots of personal narratives… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice: I’ve Gotta Secret!

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I was putting the little guy down to bed and he whispers:  “Momma, I gotta secret.  Wanna know it?” Smiling, because, really, what kind of secret could a two and a half year… Continue reading

Write Beside Them.

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  Late last week, this book came in the mail.  Write Beside Them, by Penny Kittle has me glued to the couch, with highlighter in hand.  I’m beginning to think it may be… Continue reading

Hello Slicers!

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Welcome!  Please link your Slice of Life Story.

Ruth’s MM: Laney Windelon.

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    In 1984 my parents gave me Laney Windelon, my very own Cabbage Patch kid to adopt.  I remember Laney being the first gift to ever bring tears to my eyes.  She… Continue reading

Memoir Monday is Here!

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Document a Week in the Life

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Challah #1 came out perfectly. Originally uploaded by teachergal Ali Edwards is hosting a week-long challenge to document your life in photographs and words. If you’re interested in taking part in this challenge,… Continue reading

Stacey’s M.M. Post: What do you mean it’s supposed to rain on the second day of Rosh Hashanah!??!?!

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I’ve been checking the weather all weekend. It simply cannot rain tonight, tomorrow, and Wednesday. However, it looks like it might on Wednesday. It’s not supposed to rain on the High Holidays! I… Continue reading

Thinking About the 5.75 with the Lens of a Teacher of Writing

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The Jewish New Year of 5769 is rapidly approaching. (Hence the reason you won’t be reading much from me over the course of the next few days.) Therefore, I’ve been steeping my mind… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Taken from the End of the 5.75 Questions Video

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    This week Poetry Friday is hosted at The Miss Rumphius Effect. Next Friday, it’s here at Two Writing Teachers!

Inspiring Writers.

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My presentation, Inspiring Writers, is divided into a few different parts. First, a read aloud:     Second , the slide presentation: Inspiring Writers – Upload a Document to Scribd   Next a writer’s… Continue reading

Inspired Writers?

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Tonight I’m giving a presentation entitled:  Inspiring Writers.  I chose this title a month ago because I knew it was general enough to cover anything I may want to discuss.  For the past… Continue reading

Instead of fixing my kids’ spelling errors…

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Minimal Marking Originally uploaded by teachergal I’m trying a Vopat Editing Technique called “Minimal Markings.” It’s basically where you put check marks in the margin of a student’s paper, which signals them that… Continue reading

Discussion Forum.

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Woo-hoo, I’m going to be teaching my English 9 class in a 1:1 Classroom.  This means there is a computer for every student!  As you can imagine, the wheels are spinning about ways… Continue reading

Personal Narrative Texts.

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In many of the classrooms I’m working in, we are moving into a Personal Narrative study.  I asked teachers to gather books they would like to use to anchor their teaching.  Below is a… Continue reading

Memoir Monday: Sascha 1999 – 2008.

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From TWT_2  My dog died on Saturday around 5:30 pm.  Actually, it’s unfair to say my dog, because during the school year, she was Andy’s dog.  She was my dog during the summers.  It’s… Continue reading

Playing with Time

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Since my students are quickly publishing a small moment story this week, I only had one day (yesterday) to teach a revision strategy. I chose to teach them how to play with time,… Continue reading