Do You Believe?

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Take a few minutes to watch this young man who addressed 20,000 Dallas teachers at the start of this school year. It’s all about believing in yourself, your students, and what we can… Continue reading

“But I don’t have time to teach grammar!”

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Ever feel like you need more time for grammar instruction, but just can’t seem to find the time? That’s certainly how my colleagues and I feel. Hence, one of them went off on… Continue reading

Well-Wishes for the Holidays

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All warpped-up with positive social-emotional wishes Originally uploaded by teachergal This year my classroom has had an “It’s not easy being green” theme. (And yes, I felt a bit old in September when… Continue reading

Using Precise Language When Writing About Reading or When Writing in One’s Notebook

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I conferred with one of my students during Reading Workshop today about the writing she was doing about her reading. I noticed the words “things” and “stuff” appearing. I showed her the poem… Continue reading

Classroom Research

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I think I finally formulated the question I am going to use to guide the teacher-research I’m going to do in the months to come. It is: What kinds of things can I… Continue reading

Poetry Friday & Photo Fridays Collide!

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Even though my inbox is full… Originally uploaded by teachergal Sometimes I like to let Poetry Friday and Photo Fridays collide here. It pushes me to write about my photo in verse, rather… Continue reading

Looking for a Few Interested Writers

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I wanted to see which ones of my students were interested in working with me on my action research project (as focal children). Every kid in my class said they would like to.… Continue reading

Touchstone Texts Helped

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11 out of the 17 students who were present yesterday turned-in their drafts. Nine of them will be getting customized letterhead. Good number, right? I found that the packet of touchstone texts (letters)… Continue reading

Readings for Student Teachers

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My student teacher’s program informed me that I could give her some reading to do over the winter recess. (I’ve already met Miss M., as I’ll refer to her going forward, and she’s… Continue reading

My Life as a Reader.

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The first unit of study is coming to a close.  The summative assessment is two part.  First, students are to create a multimedia presentation (text + image + audio) of their past, present,… Continue reading

More from NCTE: Jim Burke + Assignments

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For the last session of the conference, I attended a session with Jim Burke, Jeff Wilhelm, and Alan Sitomer geared toward secondary teachers.  It was excellent, so excellent that I took 13 pages of… Continue reading

It’s Time to Read This Article (if you haven’t already).

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Have you read the article on Michelle Rhee in the latest issue of Time? If not, click here to read about this controversial Chancellor of Education in the Washington, DC Public School System.… Continue reading

Action Research: Student Engagement in the Writing Workshop

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I bounced the idea of an action research project around with the person who observes us each year. We chatted about developing an action research project for my classroom that I can carry… Continue reading

Holiday Gifts

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I was listening to the John Tesh Radio Show as I drove to Ceramics Class last night. A segment entitled “What Are Kids Asking Santa for This Year?” came on as I was… Continue reading

Stacey’s SOLS: At the Car Wash

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I was tooling around with Photoshop 7.0 for just a bit this evening. Here’s the Slice of Life Story I created with words + pictures. The text looks blurry below, but it’s completely… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life: 5:23 am

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Each morning, near 5:20 am, I am reflecting on my daily bible reading and devotions.  A hot cup of tea keeps my frigid hands warm.  I am completely ready for the day —… Continue reading

Remember This.

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In the rush of December, let’s remember: Be happy today. Be kind and be generous with your smile — you’ll start some ripples. — Stacey Julian, Altogether Too Happy

It’s time for the Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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The New Slice of Life Story Challenge Button! Originally uploaded by teachergal We look forward to reading and commenting on all of the Slice of Life Stories that you link to this post.… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Christmas is Coming!

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 Edited:  This is a digital layout created using Photoshop Elements (download a free 30 day trial version here) for a class I’m taking from JessicaSprague.com called Up and Running with Photoshop (it’s a self-paced course and on… Continue reading

A Bit of Perspective.

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Late Friday night, after having friends over for dinner, decorating a birthday cake, and cleaning the house in preparation for a birthday party the next day, I found myself vegging out with blogs. … Continue reading