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
M. Colleen Cruz wrote a stellar professional book, Independent Writing Projects: One Teacher, 32 Needs, Topics, and Plans. Her book inspired me to get my students going in Extended Day … Continue Reading Rethinking Independent Writing Projects Plan Sheets
Ode to My Second Cupcake You come from Buttercup Bake Shop On the Upper West Side. You sat amongst other delectable creations, Waiting to be picked. Your cake is golden. … Continue Reading Ode to My Second Cupcake
Here’s the link in case you want to pass this video along to someone else: To join in the Shift Happens Conversation, click here. I particularly like their discussion questions, … Continue Reading Did You Know 2.0
I heard Poet Laureate Billy Collins speak today at Columbia University’s Roone Arledge Auditorium. He was fascinating, funny, and filled with ideas for teachers on how to be better teachers … Continue Reading Advice from Poet Laureate Billy Collins
THE POETS ROOM has nothing in it. No comfortable furniture, no TVs, voices, clocks ticking, nothing except beats of air and blood pulsing through your lungs. You take a clean … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: The Poets’ Room
Hear the blare of bugles, Hear the beat of drums, Hear the sound of marching feet. Down the street there comes, Playing, marching, Marching, playing, In the sun and shade, … Continue Reading Fourth of July Parade
How many kids do you know that have resumes? Well, I now know five since I just helped to create resumes for five of my former students on Career Kids, … Continue Reading Resume Writing