Thank goodness for Stacey these past few weeks or this blog would have shriveled up and died! Strangely (and unexpectedly), life has hit hard. In the past two weeks, we’ve … Continue Reading m.i.a.
Last month I wrote a writer’s notebook entry entitled “Noticing People.” I urged everyone to thank the people who make the world go round on a daily basis. It seems … Continue Reading Paying Tribute to Those Who Make the World Run (Including You!)
One of Ruth’s Colleagues from Indiana, Jen Barney, wrote a post about the top ten things she’s learned as a teacher of writing in the past year. I think she … Continue Reading What really matters when providing quality writing instruction…
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Heinemann just published a lovely series of three booklets by Jim Vopat entitled Micro Lessons in Writing. I am so excited about infusing these micro lessons into my classroom, starting … Continue Reading Getting Started: Creating CWPs
I’ve unpacked nearly all of my boxes. While I know a few of my titles are missing, I just wanted to share my Writing Workshop Professional Bookshelf. Some of my … Continue Reading My Writing Workshop Bookshelf
I’m still in my Billy Collins Poetry Kick. Here’s one that purely captures the essence of making it into the double digits of life! On Turning Ten The whole idea … Continue Reading POETRY FRIDAY: On Turning Ten
It rained today. Hard. Really, really hard. I had to run the windshield wipers on the highest setting just so I could see out. Hence, I didn’t do everything I … Continue Reading My Last Day in New York City
Right now I feel like the young girl (actually Patricia MacLachlan) in Maclachlan’s Memoir What You Know First. I’m preparing for a move from one east coast city to another … Continue Reading WN Entry: Moving
I often have my students bring in photographs of them at special times in their lives in order to help them spark their memory (and write a small moment story.) … Continue Reading Strategy: Use photos to tell a story
I stepped out of the car in New Jersey last night. Home sweet home, I thought. I was coming home to my parents’ house for two nights. I slammed the … Continue Reading WN Entry: Fireflies
Credo I believe there is something else entirely going on but no single person can ever know it, so we fall in love. It could also be true that what … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: Credo (A poem about love)
Found this fun blog post which gives great tips for writing titles. Have fun checking it out: The Sexy Art of Writing Headlines That Kill. (I can envision focus lessons … Continue Reading titles.
My husband had left for 14 days for Peru, South America. During the time he was gone, I tenaciously captured our life through photos and blog posts. My son and … Continue Reading capturing life.
Everyone who attended George Ella Lyon‘s Session on Saturday Morning had the opportunity to make a memory after thinking about a drawing a floor plan of a home they’ve lived … Continue Reading Looking at Your Place: Making a Memory (WN Entry)
George Ella Lyon and I started communicating with each other this past winter when I needed to request permission for my students to mentor their “Where I’m From” Poems after … Continue Reading I met George Ella Lyon!
I’m still on my Billy Collins kick. This has been going on since Saturday… I’m just loving his work. Here’s one I especially like: Introduction to Poetry I ask them … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: A Poem by Billy Collins
I just love Maya Angelou. This one has me thinking — what does frighten me? Certainly not Friday the 13th! <smile.> Life Doesn’t Frighten Me At All Maya Angelou Shadows … Continue Reading poetry friday
As I walked through my day today, I noticed the small things that people do that we often overlook. For instance, during my layover at O’Hare, I noticed that one … Continue Reading WN Entry: Noticing People
I pulled the grays out but they’re sprouting back again they make me feel old. I wrote this after hearing Billy Collins speak last week. I thought it might be … Continue Reading Haiku