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Ruth’s OLW: Reflection 2011 + Word 2012.

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First a little reflection on OLW ’11… I chose this word because I felt like it encompassed everything in my life. The list of words in the tape along the bottom of the… Continue reading

750 Words Update from NCTE

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It’s day 20 and I’m still writing my 750 words daily!  One of my fears, with taking on the 750 Words November Challenge, was that I would be unable to write while I… Continue reading

Word Count

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I’ve had a daily word count for awhile. I’m not sure exactly when it started, but I think it was while writing Day by Day. However, it was while becoming serious about writing… Continue reading

750 Words: Update

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Today was the fourth day in November that I wrote a piece on 750 Words as part of the November Writing Challenge. What’s motivating me? Well first, the fiction writing I’m doing is… Continue reading

NCTE: A Little List

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I. Am. So. EXCITED! I can’t wait to present with Stacey, Patrick Allen, and Troy Rushmore. We are discussing the way our personal reading and writing lives influence our teaching. It’ll be fast… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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What we call little things are merely the causes of great things; they are the beginning, the embryo, and it is the point of departure which, generally speaking, decides the whole future of… Continue reading

Say What You Mean: Part One

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One September, I was creating a chart with my students about the things good writers do.  They said things like “good writers write long and strong” and “they add details.”  I was initially… Continue reading

Start a Notebook (Or Dust Off an Old One)

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Summer always gives me a chance to reflect on my practice in a little more relaxed kind of way. For one thing, I’m pretty much caught up with my school work. This doesn’t… Continue reading

Little Writer or Little Monster?

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Linda left a comment on my last rereading post reminding us about the voices we ask kids to turn off when they are writing. You know the voices — the monsters that tell… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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This quote sets in a frame on top of my drier, as a constant reminder. Today seems like a good day to share it with you. But the biggest mistake I made is… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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Giving characters free will, instead of outlining them in detail before writing begins, allows the story to flow naturally and allows the characters to become more real and more interesting than they could be if… Continue reading

The Zone

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I’ve been thinking about Nancie Atwell’s book, The Reading Zone, lately. Last week I gave a lesson about this idea in a ninth grade class.  This weekend I’ve realized how this concept is important… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: Easter in Photos + Words

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This post is inspired by Ali Edwards’ post, Easter Sunday Photos + Words. Growing up, the Easter Bunny always left my basket on the nightstand beside my bed.  However, at Andy’s house, the… Continue reading

The “No Worksheet” Zone

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I started teaching a unit of study on Conventions yesterday.  (I really think I need a more dazzling name for this, but for now, it’s going to be known as the “Conventions Unit… Continue reading

Personal Spelling Words

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Sarah wrote: I’m a little behind in your posts, but I was wondering if you would be willing to share the type of spelling program you use with your students? We have a… Continue reading

Touchstone Texts Helped

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11 out of the 17 students who were present yesterday turned-in their drafts. Nine of them will be getting customized letterhead. Good number, right? I found that the packet of touchstone texts (letters)… Continue reading

Some Honest Reflections on Our Profession

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Juliann wrote a Slice of Life Story today that included the following paragraph: This job of teaching is a tricky one. It is one that doesn’t stay behind when you close the classroom… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: A Little Billy Collins For You

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Bonnie mentioned a Billy Collins Poem, “The Names,” in a comment she left yesterday. While he’s one of my favorite poets (new favorites), I have to admit that I didn’t know about this… Continue reading

The Big Picture: Honesty

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“I’d rather be able to face myself in the bathroom mirror than be rich and famous.” –Ani DiFranco I created a handbook of classroom regulations and procedures for my fifth graders during my… Continue reading

Beginning Training: Day One.

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Just a little FYI, to let you know that I posted a couple of the slide presentations from day one of the Beginning Writing Workshop Training. Here’s the link to the Presentations Page… Continue reading