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

Take a look around you

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When I taught in NYC, I was fortunate enough to work one block away from Central Park. Therefore, when the urge struck me, I’d take my students out to Central Park with their… Continue reading

Poetry Friday in My Classroom

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Last week I began having my students share poems (original or ones they love from other poets) on Friday mornings. Only one person signed up so far this week and I know he’s… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: It’s Autumn Here in New England

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The school year started exactly one month ago today (yes, I’m posting my Poetry Friday post an hour before it’s actually Friday). During that time I’ve been watching a small tree’s leaves change… Continue reading

The Test

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When I lived in NYC, I never had to prepare my fifth graders to do writing on the State ELA Test since there was only a graphic organizer and a short response that… Continue reading

Write about it in your notebook!

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One of my students got injured in the classroom yesterday. Hence, he had to make a trip to the hospital emergency room. I visited him in the evening and found that he had… Continue reading

troubleshooting.

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On Monday I worked in a first grade classroom and the teacher commented, I feel like when you come all you do is troubleshoot.  I’ve been thinking about her comment because really her… Continue reading

Writer’s Notebook Wednesday: Week Three

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Please comment with your WN entry in the comment section OR hit the Mr. Linky Widget and enter the URL where your entry resides. Here’s where you can find our entries: RUTH: Click… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: people.

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Awhile back I made a list with a class called THINGS WE JUST WALK BY (or something to that effect).  One student listed people.  Although my list was titled INSIGNIFICANT STUFF, I went ahead… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: Making Lists and Growing Thinking

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I just recorded an entry in my writer’s notebook about some amusing things I’ve observed in my classroom in the past week. Then, I grew some thinking about each of the three ideas.… Continue reading

Reminder about Writer’s Notebook Wednesday

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Check back here tomorrow and read through the pages of our notebooks and the notebooks of our blog readers. Mr. Linky is working so be sure to link us to your post OR… Continue reading

Launch

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DonorsChoose officially launched in Rhode Island today. (Note: DonorsChoose went national on Labor Day.) Very exciting!!! Just wanted to post that up here since the Rhode Island Foundation, as per this article in… Continue reading

lingering in drafts.

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In our hurry-up-and-get-it-done-society, sometimes it’s tough to get our students to slow down and realize their unique writing processes.  Sometimes it’s tough for us, as their teachers, to slow things down and give… Continue reading