becoming better.

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Today in a workshop, Carl Anderson emphasized the point of being intentional about approaching our conferring from the point of strength of the student. Basically, we learn what they are doing and help them… Continue reading

Feedback Request

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Checklist and Rubric Originally uploaded by teachergal I met with my grade-level colleagues today who, as always, push my thinking. Kate suggested creating a more kid-friendly rubric for the students to use on… Continue reading

Blogger Challenge

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I’ve started a BLOGGER CHALLENGE over at DonorsChoose.org in order to get some funding for writing into other teachers’ classrooms. As you know, our motto is “Write: It’s Good For You!” Therefore, we… Continue reading

a special space.

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I’ve been a writing coach for four years now.  My arm was gently twisted at the end of the school year when I was planning on looping my seventh graders into eighth grade. … Continue reading

Rubrics

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Have you heard of RubiStar4Teachers? It’s a free website that allows teachers to customize pre-fab rubrics or create their own. Once you’ve finished your masterpiece (er, rubric), you can either save it online,… Continue reading

It’s Writer’s Notebook (WN) Wednesday!

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Ruth put out a charge yesterday to write your entry off of a photograph. I did that and look forward to seeing your pictures and the memories you’ve written about each of the… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: finally home.

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I must say, this photo led to an unexpected place & I’m quite tempted not to post, because it’s personal.  However, I don’t have time to write another one . . . so here… Continue reading

WN Entry: Rhode Island Sunrise

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As I was placing my bags in the backseat of my car, I looked up at the sky. It was a majestic array of colors, almost as heavenly as aurora bourealis. I paused… Continue reading

Friendly Letter Writing Unit of Study

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Over the summer Kate and I planned out a short unit of study on friendly letter writing for our students. We re-grouped today since we’re launching it tomorrow. Here’s the plan as it… Continue reading

It’s Coming . . .

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How about a little challenge for WNW? Let’s find a meaningful photo & write off of it. Stacey shared this strategy earlier in the week here. Check it out & then find that… Continue reading

check out this!

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On learner.org you can watch video courses on different topics.  It’s all FREE and they’re great resources.  You can limit your search to subject area and grade level.  I just watched a session… Continue reading

Practicing Written Responses to Texts

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My students will be taking the NECAP Reading Test this-coming week. I’ve been trying to prepare them for the written responses to reading they’ll be doing. Therefore, I’ve tried to create some of… Continue reading

An Inspired Writer

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The purpose of Ruth’s other blog aims to inspire readers and writers. She definitely did that with me today! I decided that what I had already bought my Mom for her upcoming birthday… Continue reading

creative ways of publishing

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Ruth is WAY more creative than I am. Therefore, she’s my inspiration when it comes to scrapbooking, creating living room wall displays (that’s a whole post in and of itself), and much more.… Continue reading

Assessing Narrative Writing

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I went to the TCRWP Website in order to link my last post. While I was there I noticed that the K-8 Continuum for Assessing Narrative Writing has been posted on the public… Continue reading

A Must-Read for All WW Teachers

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An article published this past summer in Education Next came across my desk today. “The Lucy Calkins project: parsing a self-proclaimed literacy guru” disturbed me for two reasons: 1. Lucy was my professor… Continue reading

Strategy: Write Using A Photo

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Whenever I want my students to bring in a photograph to help them write, I usually say NO PORTRAITS since there are rarely good stories that come from them. Hence, I put together… Continue reading

Thinking Critically About the Writing Workshop: Reflecting on the Way I Teach Writing

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I wanted to reflect on some questions my former professor, Stephanie Jones, presents at the end of chapter 11 in her book Girls, Social Class, and Literacy. She asks readers to consider some… Continue reading

i flopped.

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Big Time.  Seriously.  It wasn’t pretty.  But it was a good experience.  Here’s the scenario — A classroom of first graders + Exploding folders filled with stories + Each story is written across… Continue reading

Checking Drafts BEFORE Publishing

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I just began an e-discussion with someone about whether or not teachers should check their students’ drafts (i.e., EACH STUDENT’S DRAFT) prior to allowing the kids to move forward and publish their work.… Continue reading