CWP Bulletin Board

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Unlike New York City, my school doesn’t require me to put a task card or list the standards for things I place on bulletin boards. Hence, I’m at a loss for what to… Continue reading

writer’s notebook share.

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Yesterday in Teresa Zurcher’s third grade classroom students were personalizing their writer’s notebooks. I love how much I learned about kids simply by chatting with them about the stuff they were putting on… Continue reading

Keeping Track of Writing Conferences

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I often feel like I’m conferring with the same kids over and over again in Writing Workshop. Hence, I’ve created a new tool, a KID TRACKER, to help me keep track of who… Continue reading

Words of Wisdom Bulletin Board

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Words of Wisdom Bulletin Board Originally uploaded by teachergal My friend Carrie, and my in-laws-to-be, came up to Rhode Island to help me set up my classroom this weekend. Carrie helped me put… Continue reading

clay fragments.

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When I was learning the ropes of teaching, Tammy Hess helped me along.  We stumbled into a study group for teachers of writing through the All-Write Consortium.  We weren’t sure what it was… Continue reading

T.G.I.P.F.

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During my first year of teaching fifth grade, I introduced this poem to my students while preparing them for a trip called “Bridges and Boundaries: African-American and American-Jewish Relations” (at the Jewish Museum).… Continue reading

New Magazine for Student Writers

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The first issue of Launch Pad: Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off will be coming out this January/February (2008), according to Reading Today, which arrived at my apartment yesterday. I explored Launch… Continue reading

notebooks: make ’em work for you!

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What a great discussion Stacey got started about writer’s notebooks. To see it, read her post One Notebook or Many? (as well as others since, click here). I’ve been thinking a lot about… Continue reading

Poetry Thursday & Calling Out

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I found this anonymously written poem at the TeacherHelpers Website. It’s an interesting take on a child who is trying to do the write thing. Patience My teacher asked a question and I… Continue reading

WN Entry: Words of Wisdom (W.O.W.)

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Ruth and I collect quotations, which is why we have an entire page devoted to quotes. However, I also like Words of Wisdom. In fact, I have had my two previous classes create… Continue reading

A very different unit of study

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What if…? That’s a question I ask myself very often when I try to get my imagination running when I’m writing fiction, which is not the easiest genre for me (to write in).… Continue reading

time for recopying

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I’m running on empty (and I’m not talking about my gas tank). I’ve barely done any of the recopying in my new writer’s notebook that I set out to do. Therefore, I think… Continue reading

Great Button About Writing

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Kim from Bookworm Bookmarks created this great button for us. Kim creates some of the most beautiful hand-made bookmarks I’ve ever seen. She’ll create a gorgeous one for you by going to this… Continue reading

before GO.

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Pretty soon we’re going to be going at full speed as a new school year begins.  Before GO, though, there’s GET READY and GET SET.  Have you gotten ready, gotten set?  I know… Continue reading

First Day of School Jitters

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Today is my first day of work. I found comfort in this post over at the Cincinnati Library’s Blog, Turning the Page, since it discusses the book Mr. Ouchy’s First Day of School.… Continue reading

WN Entry: Writing About My First Visit to Narragansett Beach

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Narragansett Beach, RI Narragansett Originally uploaded by teachergal STRATEGY: Write about the first time you did something. ENTRY: This past weekend was full of firsts. We had our first Shabbat Dinner in the… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: home + art.

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Stacey inspired me (as is so often the case) to capture my home in some sort of art medium for my writer’s notebook.  Since for my 30th birthday my husband gave me my… Continue reading

books on art + writing.

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Paula left a comment under Stacey’s entry:  Sketching the Place We Live.  She had some great resources listed, so I wanted to share them here on the main page.  (I’ve included the links… Continue reading

Decorating Writer’s Notebooks

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Kate (the other fourth grade teacher at my school) & I are planning on spending Friday, 9/7 decorating writer’s notebooks with our students. I’m thinking that it should be almost like a scrapbooking… Continue reading

NCTE National Convention

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After meeting Andi, Angela, Beth, and Molly at the WLU Conference in Louisville last month, I decided to attend the 2007 NCTE Convention in New York City. (Those four ladies will also be… Continue reading