Tag Archive: The Big Picture Series

Big Picture Series: Poetry Matters.

by

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 manageable for students… Continue reading

Big Picture Series: Poetry Matters

by

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 both eloquent and… Continue reading

The Big Picture Series: Poetry Matters.

by

“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 biology and chemistry,… Continue reading

Recap of Last Week’s Big Picture Series

by

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 texts WEDNESDAY: conferring… Continue reading

Back to Basics: Strategy Charts (Part of TWT’s Big Picture Series)

by

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). However, I thought… Continue reading

Back to Basics: Assessment (Part of TWT’s Big Picture Series)

by

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 when I first… Continue reading

Back to Basics: Mentor Texts (Part of TWT’s Big Picture Series)

by

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 not like anything… Continue reading

THIS WEEK: Another Big Picture Series

by

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 test prep, while… Continue reading

The Big Picture Series: Care Enough.

by

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 having the perfect… Continue reading

Big Picture Series: Conferring

by

“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 before you know… Continue reading

Recap of T.B.P.S.

by

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

The Big Picture: Happy Mail!!!

by

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 have just one… Continue reading

The Big Picture: Honesty

by

“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 graders during my… Continue reading

The Big Picture: What are kids thinkin’ on the first day?

by

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 friends? I think… Continue reading

The Big Picture: Pay no mind to the calendar or your watch! Just pay attention to what you do with your days!

by

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 was something worth… Continue reading

The Big Picture: Our Colleagues.

by

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 matters when it… Continue reading

What are you chasing?

by

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

the big picture.

by

The first day of school is tomorrow and I can hardly wait. Bags are loaded, clothes are pressed, lunch is packed and since this is my 9th first day of school (as a… Continue reading