Tag Archive: education

Who coaches the coach?

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Who coaches the coach? This question was posed at the Choice Literacy Coaching the Common Core workshop. It’s one that is sticking with Deb and me. Instructional coaches (and I think this is… Continue reading

Catching Up on Education News

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What’s the news?  If you’re wondering what’s being discussed in education right now, take a look at Eduwonks’ Post about the buzz in educational news.

Stacey’s M.M.: Young Adulthood

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I chose a two-part SIH Spark for today’s Memoir Monday Post. It is: Why did you decide to go to college? Why did you go to the college you chose? Going to college… Continue reading

Fixing-Up Spelling in a Writer’s Notebook

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I created another video about one more spelling strategy a colleague told me about to help some of my struggling spellers with the words they frequently misspell in their writing. (I’m only going… Continue reading

Spelling Help

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Need to assist a student who has trouble spelling while writing? Watch this video for a practical tool/tip entitled “My Fast Word Fixer.”

The Invitation

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I feel like someone handing out bids during Rush, which is not a great feeling. However, this is the invite I’m extending to five students for a lunchtime writing group, which will start… Continue reading

Do You Believe?

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Take a few minutes to watch this young man who addressed 20,000 Dallas teachers at the start of this school year. It’s all about believing in yourself, your students, and what we can… Continue reading

Well-Wishes for the Holidays

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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 in September when… Continue reading

Readings for Student Teachers

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My student teacher’s program informed me that I could give her some reading to do over the winter recess. (I’ve already met Miss M., as I’ll refer to her going forward, and she’s… Continue reading

It’s Time to Read This Article (if you haven’t already).

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Have you read the article on Michelle Rhee in the latest issue of Time? If not, click here to read about this controversial Chancellor of Education in the Washington, DC Public School System.… Continue reading

Action Research: Student Engagement in the Writing Workshop

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I bounced the idea of an action research project around with the person who observes us each year. We chatted about developing an action research project for my classroom that I can carry… Continue reading

Weekly Challenges

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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 Two Writing Teachers… 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

Religion & Publishing Celebrations

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Lisa posted a question that really got me thinking about something I’ve never faced in my classroom: parents whose religion does not allow their child to partake in celebrations of any kind. While… Continue reading

Anyone going to AERA in April?

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I just found out a proposal two of my instructors from Teachers College submitted to the 2009 AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting in San Diego got accepted. I will be presenting… Continue reading

Spelling Sites

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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 have eight personal… Continue reading

frustration.

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This weekend, during rest time, I heard a few sobs from my youngest daughter’s room.  The sounds were odd, so I went to check on her.  As I approached her door, I heard… Continue reading

Some inspiration to keep you going this Tuesday

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When I was at Borders yesterday, I found myself sucked into buying a tiny book by Mitchell Uscher, which is a collection of quotes about teachers and teaching. I just wanted to share… Continue reading