I met George Ella Lyon!

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George Ella Lyon and I started communicating with each other this past winter when I needed to request permission for my students to mentor their “Where I’m From” Poems after hers when they… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: A Poem by Billy Collins

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I’m still on my Billy Collins kick. This has been going on since Saturday… I’m just loving his work. Here’s one I especially like: Introduction to Poetry I ask them to take a… Continue reading

poetry friday

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I just love Maya Angelou. This one has me thinking — what does frighten me? Certainly not Friday the 13th! <smile.> Life Doesn’t Frighten Me At All Maya Angelou Shadows on the wall… Continue reading

WN Entry: Noticing People

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As I walked through my day today, I noticed the small things that people do that we often overlook. For instance, during my layover at O’Hare, I noticed that one of the women… Continue reading

Haiku

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I pulled the grays out but they’re sprouting back again they make me feel old. I wrote this after hearing Billy Collins speak last week. I thought it might be good to write… Continue reading

Rethinking Independent Writing Projects Plan Sheets

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M. Colleen Cruz wrote a stellar professional book, Independent Writing Projects: One Teacher, 32 Needs, Topics, and Plans. Her book inspired me to get my students going in Extended Day last year. I… Continue reading

Ode to My Second Cupcake

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Ode to My Second Cupcake You come from Buttercup Bake Shop On the Upper West Side. You sat amongst other delectable creations, Waiting to be picked. Your cake is golden. Your icing —… Continue reading

Did You Know 2.0

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Here’s the link in case you want to pass this video along to someone else: To join in the Shift Happens Conversation, click here. I particularly like their discussion questions, which are as… Continue reading

Advice from Poet Laureate Billy Collins

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I heard Poet Laureate Billy Collins speak today at Columbia University’s Roone Arledge Auditorium. He was fascinating, funny, and filled with ideas for teachers on how to be better teachers of poetry. Here… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: The Poets’ Room

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THE POETS ROOM has nothing in it. No comfortable furniture, no TVs, voices, clocks ticking, nothing except beats of air and blood pulsing through your lungs. You take a clean breath and quietness… Continue reading

Fourth of July Parade

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Hear the blare of bugles, Hear the beat of drums, Hear the sound of marching feet. Down the street there comes, Playing, marching, Marching, playing, In the sun and shade, All the music,… Continue reading

Resume Writing

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How many kids do you know that have resumes? Well, I now know five since I just helped to create resumes for five of my former students on Career Kids, which is a… Continue reading

Writing About Reading

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I wrote the following in a reflection after hearing Ellin Oliver Keene speak at Teachers College on April 3rd, 2006. I think what I wrote then is worthy of mentioning on this blog… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: noticings

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So far this morning I’ve noticed: My son is becoming a little boy.  He smiles for the camera now.  He sits on a stool up at the counter alone now.  He doesn’t need… Continue reading

accepting the persona

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I was reading through Stacey’s student’s comments about how they’ve changed as writers.  As Stacey and I were discussing this on the phone earlier in the week, I was thrown back to memories… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: The Final Days of School

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I put the following poem into my students’ fifth grade yearbook. The irony is that on the last day of school, which was two days ago, we DID do the chant greeting of… Continue reading

WN ENTRY: Kids on Leashes

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Ralph Fletcher gives young writers 11 tips for things to collect in their writer’s notebooks. Fletcher encourages writers to notice the world around them and write about it. Here’s what I observed/noticed this… Continue reading

change.

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Funny, I logged on to make this post & Stacey used a similar title for her last post.  Change must be on our brains! I’m realizing that one of the facts of life… Continue reading

Ch-ch-ch-changes

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I asked my students how they’ve changed as writers from the beginning of the year until now. Here’s what a few of them said: In the beginning of the year I was terrible;… Continue reading

Timelines and Writer’s Notebooks

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I divided my kids up into ten groups today, printed out my Google Class Calendar, and asked them to work with a partner to organize and illustrate a month of the year. We… Continue reading