One of the reasons poetry is so powerful is because of all that can be taught and learned via this genre. Since typically this genre is short it makes it … Continue Reading Big Picture Series: Poetry Matters.
March 2009’s Voices from the Middle included an article by Georgia Heard entitled “Celestino: A Tribute to the Healing Power of Poetry. ” In typical Georgia Heard style, the article is … Continue Reading Big Picture Series: Poetry Matters
“I hate poetry,” unfortunately those words were the truth of my existence for many years. They prevented me from becoming an English major, steering me toward science — give me … Continue Reading The Big Picture Series: Poetry Matters.
TBPS Logo for Week of 020109 Originally uploaded by teachergal Here’s a recap of all of our “Getting Back to Basics” Posts: SUNDAY: structures & routines MONDAY: minilessons TUESDAY: mentor … Continue Reading Recap of Last Week’s Big Picture Series
Memoir: Early Strategy Chart Originally uploaded by teachergal I tend to have a lot of mini-charts for my students’ notebooks rather than hanging large ones around the room (these days). … Continue Reading Back to Basics: Strategy Charts (Part of TWT’s Big Picture Series)
Assessment. Is there anything basic about it? As I’ve lamented about what to post on this topic today, I decided to look back and share how I survived assessing writing … Continue Reading Back to Basics: Assessment (Part of TWT’s Big Picture Series)
In Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children’s Literature, K – 6, Lynne R. Dorfman and Rose Cappelli write, “Mentor texts help writers notice things about an author’s work that is … Continue Reading Back to Basics: Mentor Texts (Part of TWT’s Big Picture Series)
Ruth and I talked last week about some of the comments and e-mails we’ve been getting this week. Many of the comments are from teachers who are feeling torn about … Continue Reading THIS WEEK: Another Big Picture Series
What children take home in their heads and hearts is much more important than what they take home in their hands. – Bev Bos Sometimes we get caught up in … Continue Reading The Big Picture Series: Care Enough.
“Teach the writer, not the writing.” – Lucy Calkins Do you ever feel exasperated by all of the errors you see in your students’ writing? The conference begins and … Continue Reading Big Picture Series: Conferring
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.
This is the final post of The Big Picture Series. (Ruth stated hers was the last, but after I received some mail from her today, I decided we needed to … Continue Reading The Big Picture: Happy Mail!!!
“I’d rather be able to face myself in the bathroom mirror than be rich and famous.” –Ani DiFranco I created a handbook of classroom regulations and procedures for my fifth … Continue Reading The Big Picture: Honesty
I live with a first grader. Here were her two big concerns prior to the first day of school: One. Will my teacher be nice? Two. Will I have any … Continue Reading The Big Picture: What are kids thinkin’ on the first day?
The Big Picture: Pay no mind to the calendar or your watch! Just pay attention to what you do with your days!
I was about 15 when a family member shared a quote with me that was inscribed on a wall of his high school: “We live in deeds, not years.” It … Continue Reading The Big Picture: Pay no mind to the calendar or your watch! Just pay attention to what you do with your days!
We’ve never really done a “series” per say here on Two Writing Teachers, but it seems that this week our posts have the makings of a series about what really … Continue Reading The Big Picture: Our Colleagues.