m.i.a.

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Thank goodness for Stacey these past few weeks or this blog would have shriveled up and died! Strangely (and unexpectedly), life has hit hard. In the past two weeks, we’ve had: three different… Continue reading

Paying Tribute to Those Who Make the World Run (Including You!)

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Last month I wrote a writer’s notebook entry entitled “Noticing People.” I urged everyone to thank the people who make the world go round on a daily basis. It seems I’m not the… Continue reading

What really matters when providing quality writing instruction…

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One of Ruth’s Colleagues from Indiana, Jen Barney, wrote a post about the top ten things she’s learned as a teacher of writing in the past year. I think she touches on some… Continue reading

Classroom 2.0

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I just joined Classroom 2.0. My page is really bare bones right now, but check it out when you can.

Getting Started: Creating CWPs

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Heinemann just published a lovely series of three booklets by Jim Vopat entitled Micro Lessons in Writing. I am so excited about infusing these micro lessons into my classroom, starting with some of… Continue reading

My Writing Workshop Bookshelf

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I’ve unpacked nearly all of my boxes. While I know a few of my titles are missing, I just wanted to share my Writing Workshop Professional Bookshelf. Some of my favorite titles are… Continue reading

POETRY FRIDAY: On Turning Ten

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I’m still in my Billy Collins Poetry Kick. Here’s one that purely captures the essence of making it into the double digits of life! On Turning Ten The whole idea of it makes… Continue reading

My Last Day in New York City

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It rained today. Hard. Really, really hard. I had to run the windshield wipers on the highest setting just so I could see out. Hence, I didn’t do everything I had hoped to… Continue reading

WN Entry: Moving

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Right now I feel like the young girl (actually Patricia MacLachlan) in Maclachlan’s Memoir What You Know First. I’m preparing for a move from one east coast city to another and it feel… Continue reading

Strategy: Use photos to tell a story

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I often have my students bring in photographs of them at special times in their lives in order to help them spark their memory (and write a small moment story.) I discourage them… Continue reading

WN Entry: Fireflies

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I stepped out of the car in New Jersey last night. Home sweet home, I thought. I was coming home to my parents’ house for two nights. I slammed the passenger door to… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Credo (A poem about love)

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Credo I believe there is something else entirely going on but no single person can ever know it, so we fall in love. It could also be true that what we use everyday… Continue reading

titles.

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Found this fun blog post which gives great tips for writing titles.  Have fun checking it out:  The Sexy Art of Writing Headlines That Kill.  (I can envision focus lessons for many different… Continue reading

capturing life.

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My husband had left for 14 days for Peru, South America.  During the time he was gone, I tenaciously captured our life through photos and blog posts.  My son and I didn’t do… Continue reading

Looking at Your Place: Making a Memory (WN Entry)

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Everyone who attended George Ella Lyon‘s Session on Saturday Morning had the opportunity to make a memory after thinking about a drawing a floor plan of a home they’ve lived in. I went… Continue reading

I met George Ella Lyon!

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George Ella Lyon and I started communicating with each other this past winter when I needed to request permission for my students to mentor their “Where I’m From” Poems after hers when they… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: A Poem by Billy Collins

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I’m still on my Billy Collins kick. This has been going on since Saturday… I’m just loving his work. Here’s one I especially like: Introduction to Poetry I ask them to take a… Continue reading

poetry friday

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I just love Maya Angelou. This one has me thinking — what does frighten me? Certainly not Friday the 13th! <smile.> Life Doesn’t Frighten Me At All Maya Angelou Shadows on the wall… Continue reading

WN Entry: Noticing People

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As I walked through my day today, I noticed the small things that people do that we often overlook. For instance, during my layover at O’Hare, I noticed that one of the women… Continue reading

Haiku

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I pulled the grays out but they’re sprouting back again they make me feel old. I wrote this after hearing Billy Collins speak last week. I thought it might be good to write… Continue reading