You can learn a lot about students when you give them a chance to tell you want they know!
What teacher of writers superpower would you like to develop this year?
ICYMI: A look back at our blog series about sharpening workshop routines.
Lindsay Reyes began her teaching career seven years ago in South Carolina where she taught 4th and 5th graders. Following her heart for urban education and literacy reform, she moved … Continue Reading Happy New Year! Using Celebration to Restore and Build our Identities as Writers
I recently read a post on Raising Reading and Writers that talked about Glogster. I hadn’t heard of Glogster, which is a tool for creating virtual posters, and therefore checked … Continue Reading Glogster
If I were still a classroom teacher, then tomorrow would be my first day back to school (unless I were still teaching in Manhattan, and then I’d be heading back … Continue Reading Celebrate What You CAN Do!
Mary Brothers is starting her tenth year of teaching with Dublin City Schools where she has taught first, second, and fourth grades. Last year she was a Technology Support Teacher … Continue Reading Launching Writing Workshop in the Primary Grades: A Guest Blog Post by Mary Brothers
Poetry has always been one of my favorite ways to get kids writing during the first weeks of school. If you’ve done bio poems and are looking for an additional … Continue Reading Start the Year with Some Small Poems
I participated in The Reading Zone’s Back-to-S-C-H-O-O-L Swap. My partner was Lori from Morning Glories and Moonflowers. Here’s what I sent her: Here’s the awesome package she sent to me: … Continue Reading S-C-H-O-O-L Swap
Deb is hosting Day in a Sentence this week. She’s offering a couple of themes to work off of in case you need inspiration when you boil-down your day. Here’s … Continue Reading Day in a Sentence: Beginnings
Week Two: Plan Book Originally uploaded by teachergal Sarah asked me how I was going to plan, using my new plan book, week-to-week. I realized, when she wrote this, that … Continue Reading Beyond the first week of school in my plan book
I took all of my strategy charts off of the walls last week. I realized that they were more like posters than instructional aids if I kept them up since … Continue Reading Empty Bulletin Boards
Postcards to Help with the Eradication of First Day of School Jitters Originally uploaded by teachergal I created some postcards to send to my students later today. I’m sending them … Continue Reading Trying to Banish the Back-to-School Jitters
Trading Our Favorite Spaces: 1 of 2 Originally uploaded by teachergal Mary Lee & Franki are hosting something of a blog carnival over at A Year of Reading. It’s called … Continue Reading Trading My Favorite Classroom Spaces
My Students’ New Writing Center Originally uploaded by teachergal Last year my students’ writing center was a pretty tall bookcase. The wooden structure, pictured, housed the math center. However, as … Continue Reading Writing Center
Warning: Music will come on when you click on this album! Make a Smilebox scrapbook
Monday-What I’m working on now… Originally uploaded by teachergal I’ve been busy setting up my classroom for the past two days. (Hence the reason I haven’t posted much.) Here are … Continue Reading Setting up my classroom
Some of the quotes/highlights from our posts, which you can locate at any time by typing “Big Picture Series” into the SEARCH BOX on the top right corner of this … Continue Reading Recap of T.B.P.S.
Take a look at The Reading Zone’s Back-to-School Swap Idea. It’s a neat way to get to know someone else and to brighten the start of someone else’s school year.
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 … Continue Reading What are you chasing?