Bio Poems: A great way to introduce yourself

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I decided to have my students write Bio Poems on the first day of school this year in order to help them introduce themselves to me and vice versa. Like a “Where I’m… Continue reading

Meeting Area: A Place to Deliver Minilessons

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Last week I had the pleasure of going back to NYC to visit Christina L. Rodriguez, my former student teacher who took over my classroom after I moved to Rhode Island. She’s going… Continue reading

Twin Bubbles: Poetry Friday

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As I was recopying some poems into my master writer’s notebook, I came across this one, which I wrote alongside my students after doing some close observations of bubbles. TWIN BUBBLES An original… Continue reading

New York State of Mind: The Last Poetry Thursday

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Today’s the last ever Poetry Thursday. 😦 I just returned from spending a few whirlwind days in New York City (New Jersey and Connecticut too). I packed up the last boxes and said… Continue reading

get a giggle out of this.

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You absolutely must take two minutes and click over to Christi Overman’s blog, Chocolate for Teachers, and read about her very first sharing session of her teaching career. I think I’ll be giggling… Continue reading

power of place.

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Today in a fourth grade classroom, the teacher let me experiment (play) a bit. We focused on places for our notebook entries. After all of the wn entries Stacey & I have posted… Continue reading

more on generating writing ideas.

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Like Stacey, I think it’s imperative that kids have lists in their notebooks about writing ideas.  I think one of the most powerful lessons we can give students in regards to finding writing ideas… Continue reading

They can never say that they don’t know what to write about anymore!

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Sample List Originally uploaded by teachergal Encourage your students to keep a list of things they can write about in their writer’s notebooks (an idea I took from The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching… Continue reading

Take a new teacher by the hand and PAY IT FORWARD!

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Pay it forward! It wasn’t just a movie and it’s not just an expression in my world. Those three little words are ones I try to live by at work, on the open… Continue reading

writer’s notebook decorations.

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Just wanted to let you know Z-Scrap has all K & Company products on sale right now (as well as other goodies).  Here’s a link to all of Z-Scrap’s sale items.  I’ve ordered… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: my fav things about (you name the place).

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Following Stacey’s lead, here’s my list — Favorite Things About Indiana Wide open spaces that allow for my mind to wander during late afternoon/early evening walks. My family is close in proximity. Indiana Hoosier… Continue reading

Drumroll please…

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I took Cliff and Jen’s advice and turned my time (after I recopied a bunch of poems though) into something productive for my students. I bought the Moleskine Cahiers at a Barnes &… Continue reading

Scanning, Cutting & Pasting, or Rewriting?

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I’ve come to realize that this whole “I’m going to recopy all of my writer’s notebooks into one” thing has become exceedingly tedious. I found another old Miquelruis Notebook yesterday and realized I… Continue reading

WN Entry: Making A List

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I got inspired by Reflections from the Rockies‘ Post entitled “My Favorite Things About Colorado So Far.” Since a good deal of my students’ first couple weeks of Writing Workshos will revolve around… Continue reading

Steppin’ It Up: Real Writer’s Notebooks

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No longer will my students be using composition notebooks or spiral-spined notebooks with perforated edges in Writing Workshop this year. I’m making a move and providing them with REAL writer’s notebooks (read: Moleskine… Continue reading

the balance of teaching writing.

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Do you ever feel like you’re being pulled in different teaching directions — conventions and craft and process?  Do you sometimes feel guilty when you’re teaching about craft that you should be teaching… Continue reading

My Writer’s Notebook: A Poem by Brod Bagert for Poetry Friday

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I taped this poem into the inner front cover of each of my students’ writer’s notebooks this past year. I didn’t think it meant anything to them until, as an end of the… Continue reading

WN: Weekend Check-Ins

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Last year I adopted (and adapted) an idea I got from Davis and Hill’s Book, The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing. For an entire year I gave my students weekend writing assessments. However,… Continue reading

It’s almost the last Poetry Thursday. :(

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Apple At the center, a dark star wrapped in white. When you bit, listen for the crunch of boots on snow, snow that has ripened. Over it stretches the red, starry sky. –Nan… Continue reading

our talk.

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This week I have been working with some stellar teachers.  My role in their rooms has been that of a team teacher and so it’s been easy for me to absorb things from… Continue reading