The month-long Slice of Life Story Challenge is three short weeks away. However, if you simply stopped by to submit the link to the Slice of Life Story you wrote … Continue Reading SOLSC: Please Link Your Story Here
The month-long Slice of Life Story Challenge is just a month away. However, if you simply stopped by to submit the link to the Slice of Life Story you wrote … Continue Reading Gearing-Up for the Month-Long SOLSC
I read through the comments on Ruth’s latest post this morning. It seems like many folks are feeling a little angst when it comes to grammar instruction. You’re pulled between … Continue Reading Teaching Students to Master Conventions in a Modern Way
Stacey and I are big on reflective practice. (It’s one of the main reasons for our blog.) To encourage you to do a little on your own, there’s a little … Continue Reading A Quick Reflection.
Today my students turned in their narratives. I couldn’t wait to read them, so I began today during my lunch. I was touched by their writing, and impressed by the … Continue Reading Assessing.
There’s a kid in my class that I’m continually impressed by. His answers are straight-out honest and typically thoughtful. He participates, even though at first glance I didn’t think he … Continue Reading Slice of Life: Conferring
“Write what makes you happy.” — O. Henry What wise words from O. Henry! So often we try to inspire our students to write by giving them topics we think … Continue Reading The Big Picture Series: Freedom in Topic Choice
I recently read Michael Putnam’s article, “Running the Race to Improve Self-Efficacy,” in the Winter 2009 Issue of the Kappa Delta Pi Record. Putnam asserts, “I have complete confidence that … Continue Reading Self-Efficacy in Writing Workshop
SIH Spark: What did you study? Did you change your major? I arrived at GW with the intentions of majoring in Political Science and Journalism and minoring in Exercise Science … Continue Reading Stacey’s M.M.: Young Adulthood (Part II)
I reviewed all of the answers my focal children gave me to the questions I asked regarding their writing process. I entered it into a spreadsheet. I’m sharing it in … Continue Reading Action Research Questions Reviewed
After reading through “Using Web 2.0 in the Classroom” in the most recent issue of Reading Today, I went online to ReadWriteThink.org to read through a lesson entitled “Weekly Writer’s … Continue Reading Writing Lessons at ReadWriteThink.org
All warpped-up with positive social-emotional wishes Originally uploaded by teachergal This year my classroom has had an “It’s not easy being green” theme. (And yes, I felt a bit old … Continue Reading Well-Wishes for the Holidays
I was listening to the John Tesh Radio Show as I drove to Ceramics Class last night. A segment entitled “What Are Kids Asking Santa for This Year?” came on … Continue Reading Holiday Gifts
Each morning, near 5:20 am, I am reflecting on my daily bible reading and devotions. A hot cup of tea keeps my frigid hands warm. I am completely ready for … Continue Reading Ruth’s Slice of Life: 5:23 am
Freight Train Delay on the Way to Work Originally uploaded by teachergal I had an exasperating drive to work yesterday morning. It could’ve been worse… I could’ve been the one … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: Freight Train
Some writers live a solitary life. Many write in isolation and put their work out into the world only when they feel it’s, well, perfect. As a reader of the … Continue Reading Weekly Challenges
I tend not to focus much on spelling when I write about the teaching of writing. However, I’m well-aware that using conventions properly is extremely important. Each week, my students … Continue Reading Spelling Sites
Yesterday I was asked to expand “patches of thought” Essentially, patches of thought are little pieces of paper (could be index cards) on which students write mini-stories, lists, or other … Continue Reading Just What Are PATCHES OF THOUGHT?
Little did I know what I was in for when I asked for response. Thank you! Thank you! I cannot even begin to tell you how your response has stretched … Continue Reading Thank You!
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 … Continue Reading Stacey’s M.M. Post: Tomatoes