It’s WNW!

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It’s that time of the week again! Please submit your entries as a comment or by using Mr. Linky. My post can be read here. Ruth’s post can be read here.

WN Entry: Busy

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I’m so busy. Busy as a bee. (What does that really mean?) I wanted to write today, but didn’t have the time to write in prose, the way I normally do. So here… Continue reading

I Love To Write Day!

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  Thursday, November 15th, is I LOVE TO WRITE DAY!  The goal of I Love to Write Day is “a grassroots effort to have people of all ages practice their writing skills.”  In… Continue reading

writer’s block.

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Or is it blogger’s block?  I don’t know what to post . . . and this is quite uncharacteristic for me, which means it is also quite frustrating.  Since the title of the… Continue reading

Birthday Poems Instead of Presents

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I don’t buy gifts. I don’t bake cupcakes. I don’t create Happy Birthday Certificates. Instead I hand-make a birthday card for each of my students, decorate it with stickers, ribbons, etc. and then… Continue reading

Peer Conferences

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Peer Conferring… it’s one of the most important things I think we can teach our students how to do in a Writing Workshop. Hence, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about it… Continue reading

Art Appreciation (Picture Books)

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I had the opportunity to visit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts today. For someone who like me, who is obsessed with picture books, spending 90 minutes at… Continue reading

Revision Toolbox

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If there’s any book I’ve turned to over and over again that sits on my bookshelf and DOESN’T collect dust, it’s Georgia Heard‘s The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques That Work, which was published… Continue reading

Cybils Reminder

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Just a reminder to nominate your favorite new book for a Cybil. The voting lasts until November 21st. I’m really looking forward to working with the other members of the Fiction Picture Book… Continue reading

Poetry Friday is over at A Wrung Sponge this week.

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There are lots of November birthdays in my class this year. In fact 25% of my class was born in the month of November. Therefore, this poem, by Christina Rossetti, kind of struck… Continue reading

WNW: Who has made an impact on your life and changed the course of it for you?

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Who has changed your life? What person or people have made such a huge impact on your life that they’ve changed the course of it for you? Please write an entry about that… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: people who have changed me.

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When I read Stacey’s charge on Monday, I thought about all of the typical people I could write about, and quite frankly, I wasn’t excited about it at all.  So then I began… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: Two People Who’ve Really Changed My Life

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The two people who changed my life were both my teachers. Carol Snook Role: 1st Grade Teacher Carol Snook was the most amazing teacher a child could ask for. She celebrated each student… Continue reading

defining book.

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Recently my curriculum director gave me the book:  Adolescent Literacy:  Turning Promise into Practiceedited by Kylene Beers, Robert E.Probst, & Linda Rief.  (Is my curriculum director awesome, or what?)  I am quickly realizing… Continue reading

Seven signed up (so far)

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Seven of the ten girls I invited to take part in the new book accepted the invitation. Of that amount, four of their moms said that they could e-collaborate using a wikispace, which… Continue reading

Preparing to Publish

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Next week will be my first true Publishing Party in my new school. I’m really, really excited about it. I had the invitation translated from English into Spanish today and will be sending… Continue reading

A Charge for WNW: Who Has Changed Your Life?

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I was perusing Educating Alice this morning and came across a post about two people who’ve changed her life. I thought that could be an interesting charge, and a lovely way to pay… Continue reading

Revising… Editing… Publishing…

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My students are in the revision stage for their personal narratives. I’m anticipating a November 15th Publication Date. Hence, I’ve been working all morning to put together revision minilessons, an editing checklist, an… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: When will I pull out the gloves?

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I’m beginning to wonder why I haven’t had to pull out my gloves, my hat, or my scarf yet. In the past, it’s always been cold enough for those things (by now). However,… Continue reading

Word Boxes

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Inspired by Donovan’s Word Jar and motivated by my school’s vocabulary initiative, my students created word boxes yesterday with foam letters yesterday afternoon. These boxes are meant to be kept at home (though… Continue reading