News & Announcements Chart

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Each and every Sunday I create my News & Announcements Charts for the week (i.e., for Morning Meeting). I just created one that I really like for this-coming Friday. It looks like this:… Continue reading

Persuasive Letter Writing Rubric

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A few folks have left comments asking for resources for teaching persuasive letter writing. I promised to post the rubric I created once it was finished. It’s now complete and can be downloaded… Continue reading

The “Stuff” on the Desks

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I’ve always been prone to putting reminders, poems, and more on my students’ desks through the years. I’ve rarely received a complaint from a student about this, but I’m sure there are some… Continue reading

Writerly Matters

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Kelly at Big A little a has some wonderful blogging about the topic of “writerly matters.” Do check it out if you want to do some more thinking about the ‘basics’ I’ve sometimes… Continue reading

keeping interest.

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My colleague, Lori Dixon, directed me to this February 2008 Vanity Fairarticle, “Keys to the Kingdom” by Jim Windolf.  It is a long article, but this quote especially highlights the importance of story… Continue reading

OLW (One Little Word).

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Last week Stacey posted about using Ali’s OLW challenge in her classroom.  It’s a very cool post & if you missed it, take a few minutes to check it out by clicking here.… Continue reading

I’m Back.

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In a recent email, I explained to Stacey that life has just consumed me recently and the blogging end of it has taken the hit. The past few weeks have been bittersweet.  The joy… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Another Wedding One

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Another wedding poem… an original (of course) list poem. Debacles (that really don’t matter) In the end, who really cares that… My wedding ring got stuck on my finger the day before the… Continue reading

Amazing Reasoning

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I tried to announce a working snack time, like I always do, at the end of Writing Workshop today. However, my students didn’t budge. Every single child in the classroom stayed-put where they… Continue reading

Ideas Galore!!!

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Ideas Galore Originally uploaded by teachergal I disseminated a packet of four touchstone texts, written by my former students, that will serve as mentors for my students to use in the persuasive letter… Continue reading

WNW: Differences

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Welcome to the first Writer’s Notebook Wednesday of 2008. Click here to read Ruth’s entry. Click here to read mine, which is embedded in this “newspaper clipping.” Link us to your entry by… Continue reading

Gearing up for persuasive letter writing

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I’m starting one of my favorite units of study tomorrow morning in Writing Workshop: PERSUASIVE LETTERS! It’s been a favorite for the past three years due to the amazing things my students have… Continue reading

WNW IS ALMOST HERE!

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On-Demand Writing

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I’m planning on having my students complete an “on-demand” personal essay for the next two days before we begin our unit of study on persuasive letter writing. These are the guidelines I put… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: The Day After

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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you’re aware that poetry is not a genre in which my writing is strong. However, the day after my wedding, I felt compelled to… Continue reading

One Little Word

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New Year’s Resolutions!???! FEH! Who needs them!??! I never stick to them anyway (who does?)! Therefore, when I saw the One Little Word “Challenge” on { A } this morning, I thought, “Wow!”… Continue reading

Practice What You Preach

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My husband (that feels cool to write) took this photo of me on our honeymoon. He captured me writing an entry, on the beach, in my writer’s notebook. I think this picture is… Continue reading

Rolling out my Hopes & Dreams for 2008

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What are your hopes and dreams for this new year? Leave a link (to your blog post) with your 2008 H&D’s by posting a comment.

Last Post of the Year

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This is going to be my last post for 2007. Tomorrow starts a new year, brimming with possibilities and promise. 2007 has been an amazing year for me professionally and personally. Though it… Continue reading

The whole toast

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Here’s what the entire wedding toast looked like (for those of you that emailed and asked me to post it): MY PART: You’ve come from as near as New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.… Continue reading