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Stacey’s M.M. Post: Tomatoes

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Jersey Tomatoes. The sound of those two words evokes a strong smell memory. I can smell the garden-fresh, bright red, ripe tomatoes my father grew in our backyard when I was a little… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Voting Acrostic

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After yesterday’s lesson, and the awesome “get out & vote” posters my students made, I decided to write an acrostic poem about voting. Vigorous supporters Of candidates always Take to the polls. It’s… Continue reading

Take off the Top of Your Head!

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After all of the writer’s notebook work and the storyboard work and the oral storytelling, it sometimes seems as though students don’t realize how they then need to craft their draft.  I’ve found… Continue reading

What really happens to you?

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This past March we started the Slice of Life Story Challenge in an effort to help teachers (and kids) preserve little moments of their lives in writing. Most of us, myself included, live… Continue reading

Glimmers

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I love having days when I witness signs of my students becoming stronger writers. Here are four glimmers from my day: One of my students shared an original poem that she mentored after… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: Good Mail.

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It’s unexpected time alone right now.  I was headed off to grab my laptop in order to get some work done and not be sucked into the blog world.  On the way, I… Continue reading

My M.M. Post

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I woke up from my nap as the car turned into the cemetery yesterday morning. It was a crisp, sunny fall morning, not much different than the morning we laid my Grandmother to… Continue reading

Mini Notecards

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Little Note Originally uploaded by teachergal I recently purchased a bunch of small note cards from Christina Hill, The Hollister 25, and Piping Hot Papers for the purpose of writing little notes to… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Getting Laney.

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Earlier this week I wrote a quick write in my writer’s notebook about getting my cabbage patch kid.  (Last week for Memoir Monday, I toyed with the So What? of writing about Laney.)  I… Continue reading

“So What?”

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Ruth and I spoke at-length this summer about the benefits and detriments of starting off the school year with memoir, as opposed to beginning with personal narrative. While my colleagues and I have… Continue reading

Poetry Friday Roundup

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    Here’s the round-up as of p.m. 6:17 p.m. on October 3rd: FALL & NEW ENGLAND POEMS (I’m putting these first since I’m an Autumn Lover and I’m in a very fall-like, New England-y,… Continue reading

We’re Hosting Poetry Friday Today!

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Welcome! Please link the poem you post to this one by clicking on the Image Linky at the bottom of this post. (To ensure that we capture your Poetry Friday Submission, please leave… Continue reading

Discussion Forum.

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Woo-hoo, I’m going to be teaching my English 9 class in a 1:1 Classroom.  This means there is a computer for every student!  As you can imagine, the wheels are spinning about ways… Continue reading

My M.M. Post

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I was teaching my kids a developing strategy (i.e., using time lines before you draft) today and created a timeline of the last time I went to Yankee Stadium. (I was feeling sentimental… Continue reading

Today’s WN Entry: Remember

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Seven years ago, today, I spent time with my writer’s notebook collecting bits and pieces of news releases, printed from the Internet.  Those pages in my writer’s notebook flood me with a gamut… Continue reading

Collecting Ephemera at the Primary Level.

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Now here’s a cool idea for all of you primary teachers who want to tap into the power of writer’s notebooks without each student actually having a writer’s notebook. Plus I think it… Continue reading

M.M.: Newport

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My first trip to Newport, RI occurred when I was seven or eight years old. It rained. The entire time. Mansion tour memories are clouded up with memories of rain. It was so… Continue reading

Poems for Kids’ Birthdays

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I was on two home visits yesterday. At the first one, the little girl asked me, “Do you know when my birthday is?” I sure did! I knew it because I already put… Continue reading

STRONG EMOTIONS MINILESSON

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I was asked, by Ro, about my Strong Emotions/Skittles Lesson. I normally don’t post minilessons I write in this forum for several reasons (one of which is that it doesn’t align with the… Continue reading

What are you chasing?

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Yesterday, Ruth wrote a post entitled “The Big Picture.” It reminded me of this quote from Mitch Albom’s Book Tuesdays with Morrie: “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem… Continue reading