Monthly Archive: December, 2008

As 2008 Comes to An End…

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Thanks to everyone who reads this Blog! We appreciate your support! Some good wishes await for you inside the slide show (below): Make a Smilebox postcard

Online Writer’s Notebook

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No longer will you see my weekly Memoir Mondays and Slice of Life Story Challenge pieces on this blog. (I haven’t stopped writing… don’t worry!) I’ll now be keeping those stories at 365… Continue reading

What I Know Now

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My friend Nicole purchased a copy of What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self for me when I turned 30. The book sat on my bookshelf for over a year-and-a-half despite… Continue reading

Self-Efficacy in Writing Workshop

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I recently read Michael Putnam’s article, “Running the Race to Improve Self-Efficacy,” in the Winter 2009 Issue of the Kappa Delta Pi Record. Putnam asserts, “I have complete confidence that you too could… Continue reading

Stacey’s SOLS: Gondola Ride in Vermont

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Gondola Ride: Sights and Sounds Originally uploaded by teachergal My husband and I took a gondola ride up K1, which is in Killington, Vermont. I don’t ski, so this was about the highest… Continue reading

Hola Slicers!

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Can’t wait to read your final slice for 2008.  Post your link in the comments.

Stacey’s M.M.: Young Adulthood (Part II)

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SIH Spark: What did you study? Did you change your major? I arrived at GW with the intentions of majoring in Political Science and Journalism and minoring in Exercise Science or French. I… Continue reading

Memoir Monday

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The final Memoir Monday of 2008.  Won’t you share today?  Just leave the link to your post in the comments. Happy Writing!

National Day on Writing

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NCTE’s National Day on Writing is scheduled for October 20th, 2009. Lots of advance notice… I like that! Here’s an overview of what you can do to get ready now (taken directly from… Continue reading

OLW Review.

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Stacey inspired me to post a review of my One Little Word for 2008:  GIVE.  I continue to be amazed by the way One Little Word can impact my life, my outlook, and… Continue reading

Merry Christmas.

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Five Christmas”es” down and one to go.  It’s been a whirlwind of a holiday season on this end, which explains why blogging has been lighter.  Here in Indiana it was in the 60’s… Continue reading

Literacy-Related News Stories

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Some of the latest literacy-related headlines you might want to peruse: A Hartford Story Tries to Dodge an Abrupt End By Lary Bloom (The New York Times) The economic crisis and drop in… Continue reading

Photo Fridays: That Barn Again

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I’ve been photographing a farm in Lincoln, RI for the past few months. I spotted it right before September 11th and was struck by the flag that hung between the silos. I’ve continued… Continue reading

Poetry Friday – Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou’s famous “Amazing Peace” Poem was recently turned into a picture book (Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem). I love everything about this book, especially the way in which the art matches the… Continue reading

Goals Restated

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A reader, Sara, suggested, a few weeks ago, that I restate the students’ goals for the upcoming Writer’s Notebook Unit of Study as “I Can…” Statements, which I did for the two most… Continue reading

Exchanging “Kind Words for My Classmates”

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I had a remarkable day with my students yesterday on so many levels. However, the “Kind Words” Exchange was incredible. I recorded some of their reactions to the Exchange. (Can’t read what the… Continue reading

Always: A Mentor Text for Writing Questions and Repetition

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Always Written by Ann Stott Illustrated by Matt Phelan Published by Candlewick Press in August 2008 Review copy provided by the publisher Always is a touching tale about a young boy who questions… Continue reading

SAS’s SOLS

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My husband planned on waking up extra early this morning so we could exchange cards (or as he calls it, “exchanging our pieces of paper) for our first anniversary today. We did that,… Continue reading

Slice of Life Call

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Good Morning Slicers! Please post a comment with a link to your Slice of Life Story.

That Personal Touch

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Our Entry Table Has Begun to Brim with Anniversary and Chanukah Cards Originally uploaded by teachergal We’re all so busy these days, aren’t we? The snowstorm that hit New England this past Friday… Continue reading