Selecting a variety of notebook entries…

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My fourth grade colleague and I have decided to share the photocopying responsibilities. Since my week is next week, I went to her today to find out if she’d be interested in having… Continue reading

on writing

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Today I was reminded of a story from Stephen King’s book, On Writing:  A Memoir of the Craft.  Here are his words — My room in our Durham house was upstairs, under the… Continue reading

Creating Web Savvy Students

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A couple of months ago I blogged about Web 2.0 and the “Did You Know” Video. I thought it was worth mentioning again, so here’s the video. If you haven’t watched it yet,… Continue reading

Start Writing Proposals Today!

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Pat Werner, my amazing Literacy Coach from my first year of teaching, told me about DonorsChoose, an organization that matches teachers in need of funding with citizen philanthropists, in the fall of 2004.… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: loving the start of school.

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Last week I met with a group of teachers in a study group and we began with a writer’s notebook entry of all the things we love about the start of school.  In… Continue reading

taking away from today.

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In Stacey’s last post (right below this one), she wrote, “So what I’m taking away from today is . . . “  and I thought, what a good reflection for the end of… Continue reading

Modeling Our Writing

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I had a really great first day of work. I learned a lot. The first thing I learned is that fourth graders are way different than fifth graders. Here’s what I mean. My… Continue reading

First Day of School Poems

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I’m up super-early today. Not because I live a gagillion miles from school, but because I’m so excited to meet my new class. Hence, in order to curb my nervous energy, I went… Continue reading

Taking the day off from setting up

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I’m finished with my classroom physically (minus the library). Hence, I’m taking the day to stay at home, clean up my study, fold my sweaters in the closet, get my nails done, go… Continue reading

Writing Center

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My Classroom’s Writing Center Originally uploaded by teachergal In the six-plus hours that I spent in my classroom today, I spent at least an hour tweaking the way the Writing Center looked. I… Continue reading

Strategy Lesson and Conferring Coffee Table Area

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Small Group Work Space or Coffee Clutch? Originally uploaded by teachergal When I moved from New York City to Rhode Island I brought some furniture with me that I knew I’d no longer… Continue reading

Bio Poems: A great way to introduce yourself

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I decided to have my students write Bio Poems on the first day of school this year in order to help them introduce themselves to me and vice versa. Like a “Where I’m… Continue reading

Meeting Area: A Place to Deliver Minilessons

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Last week I had the pleasure of going back to NYC to visit Christina L. Rodriguez, my former student teacher who took over my classroom after I moved to Rhode Island. She’s going… Continue reading

Twin Bubbles: Poetry Friday

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As I was recopying some poems into my master writer’s notebook, I came across this one, which I wrote alongside my students after doing some close observations of bubbles. TWIN BUBBLES An original… Continue reading

New York State of Mind: The Last Poetry Thursday

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Today’s the last ever Poetry Thursday. 😦 I just returned from spending a few whirlwind days in New York City (New Jersey and Connecticut too). I packed up the last boxes and said… Continue reading

get a giggle out of this.

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You absolutely must take two minutes and click over to Christi Overman’s blog, Chocolate for Teachers, and read about her very first sharing session of her teaching career. I think I’ll be giggling… Continue reading

power of place.

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Today in a fourth grade classroom, the teacher let me experiment (play) a bit. We focused on places for our notebook entries. After all of the wn entries Stacey & I have posted… Continue reading

more on generating writing ideas.

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Like Stacey, I think it’s imperative that kids have lists in their notebooks about writing ideas.  I think one of the most powerful lessons we can give students in regards to finding writing ideas… Continue reading

They can never say that they don’t know what to write about anymore!

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Sample List Originally uploaded by teachergal Encourage your students to keep a list of things they can write about in their writer’s notebooks (an idea I took from The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching… Continue reading

Take a new teacher by the hand and PAY IT FORWARD!

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Pay it forward! It wasn’t just a movie and it’s not just an expression in my world. Those three little words are ones I try to live by at work, on the open… Continue reading