This post is as much for me as anyone. I believe in finishing the school year strong. However, this belief tends to conflict with a natural urge to shut down … Continue Reading Keep Going ‘Til the End!
Last week I was reading through some education blogs and came across Mary Lee Hahn’s Book Spine Poem. I liked it so much that I was inspired to “write” one … Continue Reading A Book Spine Poem
“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.” — Joseph Joubert When I was at NCTE less than three months I was … Continue Reading Yes, students CAN publish their writing in two languages!
The Fall of 2006 brought me the savviest class I ever taught. Nearly all 32 of them scoffed at me on Wednesday, September 6th when I pulled out Nothing Ever … Continue Reading Picture Books in Upper Elementary School
On Monday, June 29th, we will begin our summer posting schedule. Therefore, I wanted to take some time to reflect, publicly, on my school year, which ended yesterday at 11:00 … Continue Reading Reflections on the 2008 – 2009 School Year
Have you been feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the poetry-related resources that have been flooding your inbox the past few days? I know I have! Hence, I’ve tried … Continue Reading National Poetry Month Offers Oodles of Outstanding Poetry Activities for Young Ones
I’m teaching memoir right now. It falls into our schedule early this year… and I love it! On Friday I had four conferences, two of which my students didn’t follow … Continue Reading Emotional & Truthful: That’s What Memoir Is!
My colleagues and I met during our Common Planning Time today and solidified this year’s Poetry Portfolio Guidelines, which is an adaptation of what my fifth graders did last year. … Continue Reading Poetry Portfolio Guidelines
Deb asked me which texts I’ll be using on day one of the memoir unit. Well, the answer is that I will be reading When the Relatives Came by Cynthia … Continue Reading Immersing them in the memoir genre
Today was spent immersing my students in the short fiction genre by reading picture books. Here are the texts my students read and enjoyed either by themselves or with a … Continue Reading Being inspired by a great picture book…
Ideas Galore Originally uploaded by teachergal I disseminated a packet of four touchstone texts, written by my former students, that will serve as mentors for my students to use in … Continue Reading Ideas Galore!!!
Here we go folks! Shelf Elf: A wonderful little haiku and a book recommendation to boot! Jama Rattigan: Links us to a poem authored by Gregory Djanikian who is the … Continue Reading Poetry Friday Roundup