Credentials

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I checked the mail today and was happy to see something other than bills inside. I received my NCTE National Convention Credentials today. 🙂 Although the program wasn’t included in the envelope, there… Continue reading

Putting it out there

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I just sent ten of my former students, who’ve expressed an interest in doing independent writing projects going-forward, an iomoi invitation to consider joining me to work on a manuscript for a sequel… Continue reading

A List Poem for Poetry Friday

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As I’ve stated many times, I’m not a great poet. It’s an area I’m trying to improve upon. However, how hard is a list poem, right? Well, here goes my shot at a… Continue reading

Getting Organized

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My colleague Kate keeps everything in binders. I originally didn’t understand why since I have an elaborate filing system on my computer. I just find what I need and print it. And then… Continue reading

Mathematical Rubric Writing

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Today my kids and I co-authored a rubric for the math project they’re working on. While I wanted 4, 3, 2, and 1 for the scoring, three-quarters of them stated they wanted it… Continue reading

Writers’ Window: Another place for young writers to get published!

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Check out Writers’ Window, which is a website that publishes student work as long as the child follows the submission guidelines. BTW: One of my students began reading New Moon Magazine for Girls… Continue reading

Writer’s Notebook Wednesday: It’s baaaaaack!

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Please submit your posts using Mr. Linky or by leaving your post in the comments section so others can read your writing and get inspired by it. Thanks! Ruth’s Entry: Click here. Stacey’s… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: Wow Moments

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Made this list today during a second grade workhsop — I’ll fill this notebook by the weekend.  Here’s the cover to commerate this milestone — I started it less than 2 months ago. … Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: Not quite a poem and not quite a list

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Here’s my submission for Writer’s Notebook Wednesdays. P.S. This is that notebook I was going to do all of the recopying into.

Writer’s Prompts

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I received a supplement with my students’ Time for Kids Magazines today. It was called “Writer’s Prompts: 36 Great Writing Ideas! Great writing starts with a great idea.” I’ve chosen to upload and… Continue reading

Empowering the Voices of Ten Girls from East Harlem

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I’ve had a few inquiries (personally and online) about how I went about publishing DEAL WITH IT! Powerful Words from Smart, Young Women with my former students. Well, I wrote a proposal on… Continue reading

How do Notebooks Fit into the Writing Process

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A Time for Meaning – Notebooks in the Writing Process, originally uploaded by teachergal. This graphic is from Katherine Bomer’s Key Note Address at the 2006 TCRWP Summer Institute on the Teaching of… Continue reading

I’m finally using it today!

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I’m finally using that notebook. You know, the one with all of the recopied entries, today in my WW Demo. (Here’s an image of the entry.) However, since 2005 I’ve added a few… Continue reading

have you noticed the wow lately?

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I’m lucky because, you see, I have this constant, little reminder to notice stuff.  I live with a toddler who notices the world and points out the wow.  Constantly.  Walking out the door in… Continue reading

Stand up for something… don’t just deal with it!

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My father and I were talking on the phone the other night… He suggested that I spearhead an effort, with my former students, that would lead to a sequel to DEAL WITH IT!… Continue reading

uplifting words.

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I started reading Penny Kittle’s book, The Greatest Catch, yesterday.  It is fantastic — I could hardly put it down!  In her introduction, she shares these words, which I think are most uplifting on… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Hard Launch

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I did a soft launch of Poetry Friday in my classroom starting in the last week of September. However, I’m ready to do a hard launch of Poetry Friday this Friday. This is… Continue reading

Look what I found

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When I came back for a visit the other day, Christina had a bunch of things I had inadvertently left behind in the classroom waiting for me. One of those items was this… Continue reading

Publishing Small Moment Stories in Kindergarten

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I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours at P.S. 171, my old school, yesterday when I was in NYC taking care of some wedding planning. During the time I was… Continue reading

A poem about writing on this rainy Poetry Friday

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All She Wrote by Harryette Mullen Forgive me, I’m no good at this. I can’t write back. I never read your letter. I can’t say I got your note. I haven’t had the… Continue reading