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

“Sketching” the Place Where You Live

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I’ve told my students so many times to sketch a memory and then draw it. I’m a little tired of that strategy for I feel that too often kids try to make their… Continue reading

ruth’s cwp (celebrity writer profile)

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A week ago Stacey posted an idea for Celebrity Writer Profiles.  I thought this was such a great idea, and had to make a sample one for myself too.  (Then I forgot to post the darn… Continue reading

Poetry Thursday

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Ruth and I both know and love Poetry Friday. However, I was just perusing the internet and found a site called Poetry Thursday, which is “an online project that builds community by encouraging… Continue reading

Operation Notebook

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So here I am, on a mission, to find the perfect notebook to use as my MASTER NOTEBOOK (sounds kind of funny calling it that) for my conferences. I think I found it… Continue reading

mission accomplished.

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I have goosebumps because our mission is already being accomplished! Well, for today at least!  One of our goals for this blog is:  To bring writing teachers together to share ideas and stretch each other’s thinking.… Continue reading

the gift we give.

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Sharing.  What a gift!  I had the pleasure of spending last week with 25 teachers who were concentrating on becoming more effective writing teachers.  I’m a firm believer in one of the best… Continue reading

My Writing Teacher Goals

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Angela Redden got me thinking about all of my goals for the upcoming school year. I thought this would be a brilliant place for me to articulate my writerly goals, so here goes.… Continue reading

One notebook or many?

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Last week I blogged about a Recipe for Conferring Success. I’ve done some more thinking about it in recent days and am left pondering the following questions for myself as a teacher of… Continue reading

Poetic Inspiration from Photos

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I was inspired by Cloudscome to post some photographs. I want to actually challenge myself to write some poetry about the photographs I took over my long weekend. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to… Continue reading

WN Entry: Collecting Seashells at the Seashore

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We just returned from Cape Cod and Nantucket where I had the privilege of spending some time at the seashore breathing in the fresh, clean, New England Air. Ahhhh! We walked to Brandt… Continue reading

Poetry Friday… Another Billy Collins Poem

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I’m up way too early this morning. I think I’m excited to finally be going to the Cape today. Hence, I thought this was the perfect poem for me to post since I’m… Continue reading