Poetry Friday: It’s Autumn Here in New England

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The school year started exactly one month ago today (yes, I’m posting my Poetry Friday post an hour before it’s actually Friday). During that time I’ve been watching a small tree’s leaves change… Continue reading

The Test

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When I lived in NYC, I never had to prepare my fifth graders to do writing on the State ELA Test since there was only a graphic organizer and a short response that… Continue reading

Write about it in your notebook!

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One of my students got injured in the classroom yesterday. Hence, he had to make a trip to the hospital emergency room. I visited him in the evening and found that he had… Continue reading

troubleshooting.

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On Monday I worked in a first grade classroom and the teacher commented, I feel like when you come all you do is troubleshoot.  I’ve been thinking about her comment because really her… Continue reading

Writer’s Notebook Wednesday: Week Three

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Please comment with your WN entry in the comment section OR hit the Mr. Linky Widget and enter the URL where your entry resides. Here’s where you can find our entries: RUTH: Click… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: people.

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Awhile back I made a list with a class called THINGS WE JUST WALK BY (or something to that effect).  One student listed people.  Although my list was titled INSIGNIFICANT STUFF, I went ahead… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: Making Lists and Growing Thinking

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I just recorded an entry in my writer’s notebook about some amusing things I’ve observed in my classroom in the past week. Then, I grew some thinking about each of the three ideas.… Continue reading

Reminder about Writer’s Notebook Wednesday

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Check back here tomorrow and read through the pages of our notebooks and the notebooks of our blog readers. Mr. Linky is working so be sure to link us to your post OR… Continue reading

Launch

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DonorsChoose officially launched in Rhode Island today. (Note: DonorsChoose went national on Labor Day.) Very exciting!!! Just wanted to post that up here since the Rhode Island Foundation, as per this article in… Continue reading

lingering in drafts.

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In our hurry-up-and-get-it-done-society, sometimes it’s tough to get our students to slow down and realize their unique writing processes.  Sometimes it’s tough for us, as their teachers, to slow things down and give… Continue reading

Cybils Nominations Began Today!

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Be sure to nominate your favorite new picture book for a Cybil. To nominate new books from other genres, click on this link. Quoting Jen Robinson’s Post: “Nominations close November 21st. You can… Continue reading

Working Lunch: Checking Writer’s Notebooks

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It’s October and that means that it’s time for me to start checking my students’ writer’s notebooks once/week. Today was the first day of it. (I’m using the rubric I used last year,… Continue reading

Pacing

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I received an e-mail from another blogger who teaches middle school who asked about the pacing of the teaching points and units of study. Specifically, she wanted to know, “What if they don’t… Continue reading

Demonstration in Minilessons: my personal narrative

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When I attended T.C., I took “The Teaching of Writing” with Lucy Calkins, who truly taught me how to write better (not to mention how to be a better teacher of writing!). We… Continue reading

Hosting a Writing Night

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My October newsletter is being translated right now. I expect to be sending it home to my students’ families sometime next week. I’m excited about it since I’m announcing a Wednesday Writing Night… Continue reading

Outdoor Outlet

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Please check out Jen’s Post about taking her students outside to write. It’s a great idea to try before the weather gets too cold (which is happening soon in most parts of our… Continue reading

PBWiki

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Ruth and I have both set up Wikis. Her’s is for teachers and mine is for my students’ families. However, I just found out that there’s an educator wiki at PBWiki.com. Be sure… Continue reading

Twenty Published Pieces

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Twenty Published Pieces That Grew Out of Writer’s Notebook Entries Caption: My students spent two days working on on-demand writing pieces. Today eight of them shared their small moment stories in front of… Continue reading

Poetry Friday Submission

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Ahh! Poetry Friday is here! My poem comes straight off of the Giggle Poetry Website, which my former students have always loved. I hope you enjoy today’s selection AND will share the Giggle… Continue reading

Q & A: A Writer’s Identity?

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Sarah Amick left the following comment — Hey, do you guys have any information on developing a writer’s identity? I have a kiddo that doesn’t think that his words matter. Do you have… Continue reading