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More from NCTE

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Ruth and I joined up this morning for two workshops: “Where has all the Real Choice Gone? Revisiting an Essential Element in Writing Instruction” and also for “Where Social Justice and School Meet.”… Continue reading

straight from ncte.

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So I’m in the 21st Century Learning Center . . . and what am I doing?  BLOGGING! The opening session was Amy Tan & her story was lovely.  Her main point:  Invisible Strength. … Continue reading

New Professional Notebook

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I felt like a kid earlier this morning as I broke out the stickers and began decorating my new notebook. Even though it’s for professional use, I think it’s truly okay to jazz… Continue reading

TGIPF — I Am…

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I found some “I Am…” Poems that my two of my students wrote during my second year of teaching (within our Poetry Unit of Study) on my computer this morning when I was… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: breakfast.

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Breakfast Oatmeal & banana Cherrios or shredded wheat Milk Orange juice Hot tea Gotta get a good start, Mom would say to me. But now I’m a grown up and I choose chocolate.… Continue reading

It’s WNW!

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It’s that time of the week again! Please submit your entries as a comment or by using Mr. Linky. My post can be read here. Ruth’s post can be read here.

WN Entry: Busy

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I’m so busy. Busy as a bee. (What does that really mean?) I wanted to write today, but didn’t have the time to write in prose, the way I normally do. So here… Continue reading

I Love To Write Day!

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  Thursday, November 15th, is I LOVE TO WRITE DAY!  The goal of I Love to Write Day is “a grassroots effort to have people of all ages practice their writing skills.”  In… Continue reading

writer’s block.

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Or is it blogger’s block?  I don’t know what to post . . . and this is quite uncharacteristic for me, which means it is also quite frustrating.  Since the title of the… Continue reading

Birthday Poems Instead of Presents

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I don’t buy gifts. I don’t bake cupcakes. I don’t create Happy Birthday Certificates. Instead I hand-make a birthday card for each of my students, decorate it with stickers, ribbons, etc. and then… Continue reading

Peer Conferences

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Peer Conferring… it’s one of the most important things I think we can teach our students how to do in a Writing Workshop. Hence, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about it… Continue reading

Art Appreciation (Picture Books)

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I had the opportunity to visit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts today. For someone who like me, who is obsessed with picture books, spending 90 minutes at… Continue reading

Revision Toolbox

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If there’s any book I’ve turned to over and over again that sits on my bookshelf and DOESN’T collect dust, it’s Georgia Heard‘s The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques That Work, which was published… Continue reading

Cybils Reminder

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Just a reminder to nominate your favorite new book for a Cybil. The voting lasts until November 21st. I’m really looking forward to working with the other members of the Fiction Picture Book… Continue reading

Poetry Friday is over at A Wrung Sponge this week.

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There are lots of November birthdays in my class this year. In fact 25% of my class was born in the month of November. Therefore, this poem, by Christina Rossetti, kind of struck… Continue reading

WNW: Who has made an impact on your life and changed the course of it for you?

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Who has changed your life? What person or people have made such a huge impact on your life that they’ve changed the course of it for you? Please write an entry about that… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: people who have changed me.

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When I read Stacey’s charge on Monday, I thought about all of the typical people I could write about, and quite frankly, I wasn’t excited about it at all.  So then I began… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: Two People Who’ve Really Changed My Life

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The two people who changed my life were both my teachers. Carol Snook Role: 1st Grade Teacher Carol Snook was the most amazing teacher a child could ask for. She celebrated each student… Continue reading

defining book.

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Recently my curriculum director gave me the book:  Adolescent Literacy:  Turning Promise into Practiceedited by Kylene Beers, Robert E.Probst, & Linda Rief.  (Is my curriculum director awesome, or what?)  I am quickly realizing… Continue reading