Tag Archive: back to school

Getting to Know Writers

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You can learn a lot about students when you give them a chance to tell you want they know!

Finding Our Teacher of Writers Superpowers

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What teacher of writers superpower would you like to develop this year?

RECAP: Sharpen Your Workshop Routines Blog Series

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ICYMI: A look back at our blog series about sharpening workshop routines.

Happy New Year! Using Celebration to Restore and Build our Identities as Writers

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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 to New York… Continue reading

Glogster

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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 it out immediately. … Continue reading

Celebrate What You CAN Do!

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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 the day after… Continue reading

Launching Writing Workshop in the Primary Grades: A Guest Blog Post by Mary Brothers

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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 for the district… Continue reading

Start the Year with Some Small Poems

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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 poetry activity, or… Continue reading

S-C-H-O-O-L Swap

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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: Isn’t Lori creative?… Continue reading

Day in a Sentence: Beginnings

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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 my submission: The… Continue reading

Beyond the first week of school in my plan book

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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 I neglected to… Continue reading

Empty Bulletin Boards

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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 they weren’t created… Continue reading

Trying to Banish the Back-to-School Jitters

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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 with the hope… Continue reading

Trading My Favorite Classroom Spaces

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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 Trading (Our Favorite)… Continue reading

Writing Center

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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 the amount of… Continue reading

Stacey’s SOLSC

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Warning: Music will come on when you click on this album! Make a Smilebox scrapbook

Setting up my classroom

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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 two views I’m… Continue reading

Recap of T.B.P.S.

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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 blog. “So many… Continue reading

Brighten another teacher’s day

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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.

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