Stacey’s WN Entry: The Sadako Project… A Reflection

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Coming together, as a class, to do something worthwhile… I wanted all of my students to see what teamwork was about. I wanted them to do something as a group to see the… Continue reading

A Twist on Heart Maps

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Georgia Heard came up with the idea first. Penny Kittle adapted it. I’m bringing it from NCTE to you. Create a Map of your TEACHING Heart. Record the places you’ve worked, the people… Continue reading

Our thinking is evolving

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I noticed that Ruth posted her raw thinking earlier today. Let’s just say that there’s a lot of meta-cognition happening for both of us now that the NCTE Conference is over. I think… Continue reading

upon returning from ncte.

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I made an entry in my writer’s notebook called:  Some thoughts WHIRLING in my mind.  Here’s a list of 20 pieces of thinking whirling around my mind.  This is my effort to begin… Continue reading

It’s not everyday you get Don Graves’ feedback on your writing!

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I learned so much at the final session I attended at NCTE today. The session, “Writing from your Teaching Life,” was led by Don Graves, Penny Kittle, Meg Petersen, and Karen Hartman. What… Continue reading

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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