have you noticed the wow lately?

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I’m lucky because, you see, I have this constant, little reminder to notice stuff.  I live with a toddler who notices the world and points out the wow.  Constantly.  Walking out the door in… Continue reading

Stand up for something… don’t just deal with it!

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My father and I were talking on the phone the other night… He suggested that I spearhead an effort, with my former students, that would lead to a sequel to DEAL WITH IT!… Continue reading

uplifting words.

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I started reading Penny Kittle’s book, The Greatest Catch, yesterday.  It is fantastic — I could hardly put it down!  In her introduction, she shares these words, which I think are most uplifting on… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Hard Launch

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I did a soft launch of Poetry Friday in my classroom starting in the last week of September. However, I’m ready to do a hard launch of Poetry Friday this Friday. This is… Continue reading

Look what I found

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When I came back for a visit the other day, Christina had a bunch of things I had inadvertently left behind in the classroom waiting for me. One of those items was this… Continue reading

Publishing Small Moment Stories in Kindergarten

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I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours at P.S. 171, my old school, yesterday when I was in NYC taking care of some wedding planning. During the time I was… Continue reading

A poem about writing on this rainy Poetry Friday

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All She Wrote by Harryette Mullen Forgive me, I’m no good at this. I can’t write back. I never read your letter. I can’t say I got your note. I haven’t had the… Continue reading

as promised —

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The beginning writing workshop training ended today.  I promised to compose a post with some of the places in cyberworld that I referenced.  Here it goes — Stacey’s post about the TCRWP K-8… Continue reading

Pressure Cooker Day

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Picture it: Two Writing Workshops in one day. Editing and publishing. My students finished their friendly letters in Writing Workshop today. I’m hand-delivering them to their pen pals tomorrow, so I wanted to… Continue reading

It’s that time again! Today is WNW!

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Please use Mr. Linky to link us to your writer’s notebook entry or just leave a comment with your entry pasted in to the comment box. We look forward to reading all of… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: grandma poems

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So, I’ve been trying to write a poem for my grandma to mail to her along with this photo.  Over a year ago she had a stroke & although it’s difficult for her to communicate,… Continue reading

Writing Shares

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One of my goals as a Writing Teacher this year was to have my students share notebook entries every Tuesday and Wednesday. Unfortunately, it’s not catching on as well as I would have… Continue reading

quote for today.

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I copied this quote on an opening page of a writer’s notebook I started my first year of teaching.  I was reminded of it today at the end of the long day  —… Continue reading

WN Entry: A gift that really sticks in my memory

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My grandmother passed away nearly seven months ago. In the days prior to her death she was lucid. I tried asking her lots of questions about her life, but she was in pain… Continue reading

more on key beliefs + a big thanks!

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Wow!  Thanks to those who have shared so far on their Key Beliefs when it comes to language arts.  If you’ve not viewed the comments — do so now!  Just click HERE.  So… Continue reading

Updated Rubric and Checklist for Personal Narratives

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Even though the folks who commented on it said it was okay the way it was, I wasn’t happy with the rubric/checklist I created for my students to use for the personal narrative… Continue reading

So you say that teachers of writing must be writers themselves, eh?

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I’ve found a common thread amongst those who’ve commented on Ruth’s Post entitled “Key Beliefs.” Nearly everyone has said that teachers of writing must be writers themselves. If that’s the case, then it’s… Continue reading

key beliefs?

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I’m a part of our district’s literacy task force.  At our last meeting we were assigned the task of writing a mission statement for the teaching of writing & reading within our district. … Continue reading

big week.

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Tomorrow starts a four day workshop that I’m leading.  It’s a basic introduction to writing workshop with practical tips on how to get started.  It’s filled pastthe brim with 31 teachers and has… Continue reading

I’ve started collecting…

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Pages 3 and 4 of my collecting entry on Miketz Originally uploaded by teachergal …and this is some of what I have. I’m trying to take on this task methodically, by going through… Continue reading