M.M. Is Here!

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It’s Memoir Monday time! Leave a link to your memoir-ish post by posting a comment on this one.

Gearing-Up for Writing Circle

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We had a classroom situation we had to take care of last Tuesday at lunchtime.  Therefore, my weekly Writing Circle didn’t meet.  (I was happy they were disappointed since I felt disappointed too.) … Continue reading

Recap of Last Week’s Big Picture Series

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TBPS Logo for Week of 020109 Originally uploaded by teachergal Here’s a recap of all of our “Getting Back to Basics” Posts: SUNDAY: structures & routines MONDAY: minilessons TUESDAY: mentor texts WEDNESDAY: conferring… Continue reading

Back to Basics: Strategy Charts (Part of TWT’s Big Picture Series)

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Memoir: Early Strategy Chart Originally uploaded by teachergal I tend to have a lot of mini-charts for my students’ notebooks rather than hanging large ones around the room (these days). However, I thought… Continue reading

Back to Basics: Assessment (Part of TWT’s Big Picture Series)

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Assessment.  Is there anything basic about it?  As I’ve lamented about what to post on this topic today, I decided to look back and share how I survived assessing writing when I first… Continue reading

Noticings About Memoir

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Back to Basics: Sharing (Part of TWT’s Big Picture Series)

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Katherine Bomer said, “Writing celebration is the most important part of the writing process” (TCRWP Key Note Address, 7/8/08). Bomer suggests that this is because every writer writes for the purpose of having… Continue reading

Back to Basics: Conferring (Part of TWT’s Big Picture Series)

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I consider myself fortunate to have learned more about the art of conferring with young writers from some of the best folks out there: Carl Anderson, Lucy Calkins, and Jen Serravallo.  As many… Continue reading

Drawing

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SOLSC Drawing for 020309 Originally uploaded by teachergal And the Items from KisforCalligraphy go to… Kelly! The video is very blurry, but feel free to watch it (and get a good chuckle about… Continue reading

A Word About Giveaways.

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After having several emails in regards to our decision to give away “prizes” to our well-loved Slicers, I feel the need to make a public post about our rationale.   The long and the… Continue reading

Summer Writing P.D.

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Summer’s coming!  I know it doesn’t feel like it if you’re battling the black ice on the roads this morning, like me, but it’s approaching!  Therefore, I’m starting to think about what kind… Continue reading

Back to Basics: Mentor Texts (Part of TWT’s Big Picture Series)

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In Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children’s Literature, K – 6, Lynne R. Dorfman and Rose Cappelli write, “Mentor texts help writers notice things about an author’s work that is not like anything… Continue reading

Gearing-Up for the Month-Long SOLSC

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

Back to Basics: Minilesson Parts (Part of TWT’s Big Picture Series)

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So what are the basic parts of a minilesson?  Here’s a short list according to the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project at Columbia University: Connection — The reason for teaching today’s lesson. … Continue reading

The First M.M. of February

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It’s Memoir Monday time! See the full PicLit at PicLits.com

Getting Back to Basics: Structures & Routines (Part of TWT’s Big Pictures Series)

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Structures and routines need to be clear in your head so they can be implemented when you start Writing Workshop. You can shift to a new routine or modify one that’s not working… Continue reading

THIS WEEK: Another Big Picture Series

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Ruth and I talked last week about some of the comments and e-mails we’ve been getting this week. Many of the comments are from teachers who are feeling torn about test prep, while… Continue reading

Choice in Writing Workshop: Is it possible even though it’s necessary?

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Another thing people’s comments on Ruth’s Post got me thinking about was the idea of CHOICE in Writing Workshop.  I wrote about it on this blog in 2007 after attending a session at… Continue reading

Teaching Students to Master Conventions in a Modern Way

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I read through the comments on Ruth’s latest post this morning.  It seems like many folks are feeling a little angst when it comes to grammar instruction.  You’re pulled between teaching kids grammar… Continue reading

Poetry Friday

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A lot of you have been leaving comments about your frustrations with regard to standardized testing taking away time from your teaching.  Hence, on this Poetry Friday, I wanted to share a Moore… Continue reading