Seven signed up (so far)

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Seven of the ten girls I invited to take part in the new book accepted the invitation. Of that amount, four of their moms said that they could e-collaborate using a wikispace, which… Continue reading

Preparing to Publish

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Next week will be my first true Publishing Party in my new school. I’m really, really excited about it. I had the invitation translated from English into Spanish today and will be sending… Continue reading

A Charge for WNW: Who Has Changed Your Life?

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I was perusing Educating Alice this morning and came across a post about two people who’ve changed her life. I thought that could be an interesting charge, and a lovely way to pay… Continue reading

Revising… Editing… Publishing…

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My students are in the revision stage for their personal narratives. I’m anticipating a November 15th Publication Date. Hence, I’ve been working all morning to put together revision minilessons, an editing checklist, an… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: When will I pull out the gloves?

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I’m beginning to wonder why I haven’t had to pull out my gloves, my hat, or my scarf yet. In the past, it’s always been cold enough for those things (by now). However,… Continue reading

Word Boxes

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Inspired by Donovan’s Word Jar and motivated by my school’s vocabulary initiative, my students created word boxes yesterday with foam letters yesterday afternoon. These boxes are meant to be kept at home (though… Continue reading

November 1st

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November, and especially November 1st, always feels like a bit of a let-down after experiencing the fun of Halloween. Here’s a poem that I feel captures what kids, especially, feel like on November… Continue reading

The Last WNW of the Month

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Please click here to submit your WN Entry today. Or, if you don’t have a blog, then just post your entry as a comment under this post. THANKS! Click here to read Ruth’s… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: loving autumn.

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(photo taken on Monday, October 29, 2007 from my back yard)  There’s something about this time of year that resonates inside of me.  I think it’s the slowing down of it all.  The preparing… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: They don’t grow back in twosies-twosies

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I started doing it when I was 24. I vowed to stop doing it about 100 times. I’m 30 now and I’m still doing it… I pull out any gray hair that sprouts… Continue reading

More thinking about “writing about reading”

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Thank you to everyone who made me do some thinking about “writing about reading” today. Using the TCRWP’s old binder of lessons for this unit of study, I think I re-crafted a unit… Continue reading

Going Beyond a Reading Response Journal

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Today was the first day that I had my students write about their reading in our read aloud. I asked them, “Is it possible for a child to change the society in which… Continue reading

TM Makes Poor Writers? IDK.

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I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about texting (or instant messaging or emailing — although that one’s on the way out as far as high school & college kids are concerned) being the… Continue reading

Reacting to the World

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One of my students e-mailed me a few hours ago asking me if I read a piece of her writing that she gave to me (to read) on Thursday. I read it and… Continue reading

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