Steppin’ It Up: Real Writer’s Notebooks

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No longer will my students be using composition notebooks or spiral-spined notebooks with perforated edges in Writing Workshop this year. I’m making a move and providing them with REAL writer’s notebooks (read: Moleskine… Continue reading

the balance of teaching writing.

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Do you ever feel like you’re being pulled in different teaching directions — conventions and craft and process?  Do you sometimes feel guilty when you’re teaching about craft that you should be teaching… Continue reading

My Writer’s Notebook: A Poem by Brod Bagert for Poetry Friday

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I taped this poem into the inner front cover of each of my students’ writer’s notebooks this past year. I didn’t think it meant anything to them until, as an end of the… Continue reading

WN: Weekend Check-Ins

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Last year I adopted (and adapted) an idea I got from Davis and Hill’s Book, The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing. For an entire year I gave my students weekend writing assessments. However,… Continue reading

It’s almost the last Poetry Thursday. :(

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Apple At the center, a dark star wrapped in white. When you bit, listen for the crunch of boots on snow, snow that has ripened. Over it stretches the red, starry sky. –Nan… Continue reading

our talk.

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This week I have been working with some stellar teachers.  My role in their rooms has been that of a team teacher and so it’s been easy for me to absorb things from… Continue reading

CWP Bulletin Board

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Unlike New York City, my school doesn’t require me to put a task card or list the standards for things I place on bulletin boards. Hence, I’m at a loss for what to… Continue reading

writer’s notebook share.

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Yesterday in Teresa Zurcher’s third grade classroom students were personalizing their writer’s notebooks. I love how much I learned about kids simply by chatting with them about the stuff they were putting on… Continue reading

Keeping Track of Writing Conferences

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I often feel like I’m conferring with the same kids over and over again in Writing Workshop. Hence, I’ve created a new tool, a KID TRACKER, to help me keep track of who… Continue reading

Words of Wisdom Bulletin Board

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Words of Wisdom Bulletin Board Originally uploaded by teachergal My friend Carrie, and my in-laws-to-be, came up to Rhode Island to help me set up my classroom this weekend. Carrie helped me put… Continue reading

clay fragments.

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When I was learning the ropes of teaching, Tammy Hess helped me along.  We stumbled into a study group for teachers of writing through the All-Write Consortium.  We weren’t sure what it was… Continue reading

T.G.I.P.F.

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During my first year of teaching fifth grade, I introduced this poem to my students while preparing them for a trip called “Bridges and Boundaries: African-American and American-Jewish Relations” (at the Jewish Museum).… Continue reading

New Magazine for Student Writers

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The first issue of Launch Pad: Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off will be coming out this January/February (2008), according to Reading Today, which arrived at my apartment yesterday. I explored Launch… Continue reading

notebooks: make ’em work for you!

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What a great discussion Stacey got started about writer’s notebooks. To see it, read her post One Notebook or Many? (as well as others since, click here). I’ve been thinking a lot about… Continue reading

Poetry Thursday & Calling Out

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I found this anonymously written poem at the TeacherHelpers Website. It’s an interesting take on a child who is trying to do the write thing. Patience My teacher asked a question and I… Continue reading

WN Entry: Words of Wisdom (W.O.W.)

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Ruth and I collect quotations, which is why we have an entire page devoted to quotes. However, I also like Words of Wisdom. In fact, I have had my two previous classes create… Continue reading

A very different unit of study

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What if…? That’s a question I ask myself very often when I try to get my imagination running when I’m writing fiction, which is not the easiest genre for me (to write in).… Continue reading

time for recopying

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I’m running on empty (and I’m not talking about my gas tank). I’ve barely done any of the recopying in my new writer’s notebook that I set out to do. Therefore, I think… Continue reading

Great Button About Writing

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Kim from Bookworm Bookmarks created this great button for us. Kim creates some of the most beautiful hand-made bookmarks I’ve ever seen. She’ll create a gorgeous one for you by going to this… Continue reading

before GO.

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Pretty soon we’re going to be going at full speed as a new school year begins.  Before GO, though, there’s GET READY and GET SET.  Have you gotten ready, gotten set?  I know… Continue reading