Last week I began having my students share poems (original or ones they love from other poets) on Friday mornings. Only one person signed up so far this week and … Continue Reading Poetry Friday in My Classroom
The school year started exactly one month ago today (yes, I’m posting my Poetry Friday post an hour before it’s actually Friday). During that time I’ve been watching a small … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: It’s Autumn Here in New England
When I lived in NYC, I never had to prepare my fifth graders to do writing on the State ELA Test since there was only a graphic organizer and a … Continue Reading The Test
One of my students got injured in the classroom yesterday. Hence, he had to make a trip to the hospital emergency room. I visited him in the evening and found … Continue Reading Write about it in your notebook!
On Monday I worked in a first grade classroom and the teacher commented, I feel like when you come all you do is troubleshoot. I’ve been thinking about her comment … Continue Reading troubleshooting.
Please comment with your WN entry in the comment section OR hit the Mr. Linky Widget and enter the URL where your entry resides. Here’s where you can find our … Continue Reading Writer’s Notebook Wednesday: Week Three
Awhile back I made a list with a class called THINGS WE JUST WALK BY (or something to that effect). One student listed people. Although my list was titled INSIGNIFICANT … Continue Reading ruth’s wn entry: people.
I just recorded an entry in my writer’s notebook about some amusing things I’ve observed in my classroom in the past week. Then, I grew some thinking about each of … Continue Reading Stacey’s WN Entry: Making Lists and Growing Thinking
Check back here tomorrow and read through the pages of our notebooks and the notebooks of our blog readers. Mr. Linky is working so be sure to link us to … Continue Reading Reminder about Writer’s Notebook Wednesday
DonorsChoose officially launched in Rhode Island today. (Note: DonorsChoose went national on Labor Day.) Very exciting!!! Just wanted to post that up here since the Rhode Island Foundation, as per … Continue Reading Launch
In our hurry-up-and-get-it-done-society, sometimes it’s tough to get our students to slow down and realize their unique writing processes. Sometimes it’s tough for us, as their teachers, to slow things … Continue Reading lingering in drafts.
Be sure to nominate your favorite new picture book for a Cybil. To nominate new books from other genres, click on this link. Quoting Jen Robinson’s Post: “Nominations close November … Continue Reading Cybils Nominations Began Today!
It’s October and that means that it’s time for me to start checking my students’ writer’s notebooks once/week. Today was the first day of it. (I’m using the rubric I … Continue Reading Working Lunch: Checking Writer’s Notebooks
I received an e-mail from another blogger who teaches middle school who asked about the pacing of the teaching points and units of study. Specifically, she wanted to know, “What … Continue Reading Pacing
When I attended T.C., I took “The Teaching of Writing” with Lucy Calkins, who truly taught me how to write better (not to mention how to be a better teacher … Continue Reading Demonstration in Minilessons: my personal narrative
My October newsletter is being translated right now. I expect to be sending it home to my students’ families sometime next week. I’m excited about it since I’m announcing a … Continue Reading Hosting a Writing Night
Please check out Jen’s Post about taking her students outside to write. It’s a great idea to try before the weather gets too cold (which is happening soon in most … Continue Reading Outdoor Outlet
Ruth and I have both set up Wikis. Her’s is for teachers and mine is for my students’ families. However, I just found out that there’s an educator wiki at … Continue Reading PBWiki
Twenty Published Pieces That Grew Out of Writer’s Notebook Entries Caption: My students spent two days working on on-demand writing pieces. Today eight of them shared their small moment stories … Continue Reading Twenty Published Pieces
Ahh! Poetry Friday is here! My poem comes straight off of the Giggle Poetry Website, which my former students have always loved. I hope you enjoy today’s selection AND will … Continue Reading Poetry Friday Submission