Weekend Writing Assessments

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Davis and Hill gave me the idea to have students fill out a weekend writer’s notebook assessment. I gave it to my students for the first time today and walked them through a… Continue reading

Poetry Friday is here!

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“Hurt No Living Thing” Hurt no living thing: Ladybird, nor butterfly, Nor moth with dusty wing, Nor cricket chirping cheerily, Nor grasshopper so light of leap, Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat, Nor… Continue reading

Reacting to the World

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I shared my September 11th WN Entry with my class today since my teaching point was: Writers react to things that are happening in the world around them by writing long about events… Continue reading

Round Challah

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I’ve noticed that there aren’t any explicit directions on how to make a round challah online for the Jewish High Holy Days. Hence, since I’m about to engage in some challah making, I… Continue reading

comments.

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We’ve been noticing that we’re getting visitors from across the globe.  Can’t tell you how much this makes us smile!  In an effort to boost comments, we’ve made it so you no longer… Continue reading

Mapping Our Hearts

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Heart Map Display Originally uploaded by teachergal My demo was too long. And because of that, the entire day ran late. HOWEVER, we had an amazing Writing Workshop where my students crafted maps… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: take me back.

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Jen’s post, Take Me Back,  inspired another kind of entry about place.  In this entry, you list all the things you love about a specific place, using as many senses as possible.  Here’s… Continue reading

Today is Writer’s Notebook Wednesday

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Please leave a comment with a link to your post, OR leave a comment with your entry. THANKS!!!

process.

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I’m working in some  primary classes (first & second grade) this week.  One thing I’ve been reminded of is the big difference between first and second grade.  Although they are only one year… Continue reading

Plan Boxes

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I introduced the idea of Plan Boxes (see Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study for grades 3-5 if you want more info on these amazing management tools!) to my class today. While some of… Continue reading

Gimmicks

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I’ve been known to use lots of gimmicky things to get kids to write in their notebooks. For instance, I’ll create mini-charts (aka: cheat sheets) of the large strategy charts I have hanging… Continue reading

Writer’s-Reader’s Notebook

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I received Linda Rief‘s Inside the Writer’s-Reader’s Notebook: A Workshop Essential (Heinemann 2007) the other day. I began reading it almost immediately. Even though Rief, a New Hampshire Middle School Teacher, gears her… Continue reading

Poetry Friday

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The sun is setting on another Rosh Hashanah. I’ve spent the past 48 hours with my family and my family-to-be. Hence, my Poetry Friday submission is a poem about the holiday that just… Continue reading

dear author.

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Last year Mindy Hoffar (the leader of All-Write) had shared an exchange of letters between a student and Laurie Halse Anderson from the book Dear Author: Letters of Hope (Top young adult authors… Continue reading

organizing.

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Today I had a few moments to spare, so I worked on organizing my focus lesson binders.  I pulled all my k-1 lessons and put them in a separate binder.  I organized it according… Continue reading

Welcome to the First-Ever Writing Notebook Wednesday!

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We had a major technical problem with Mr. Linky (he didn’t want to link!!!) this morning. Therefore, please post a comment with a link to your entry so we can do a round-up… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: rocks.

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written:  August 23, 2007, after reading April Pulley Sayre’s Stars Beneath Your Bed:   The Surprising Story of Dust.  Rocks.  I used to not notice them.  And if I’m honest, which I am (especially… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: september 11

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As I was getting dressed this morning, wearing red, white, & blue in honor of September 11 and placing my flag pin on my shirt, I thought I want to write an entry… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: September 11th

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Today is September 11th. My heart aches to be back in the City that I stood in on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001. I will never forget the words, “A plane flew into the… Continue reading

Gearing up for tomorrow’s Workshop

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Here’s my chart for tomorrow’s LOOKING AT YOUR PLACE Activity. I’ve been contemplating modeling for them, but I’m leaning more towards a guided practice where I take them through the entire exercise step-by-step,… Continue reading