Monthly Archive: October, 2012

Vintage Ayres {2007}: The Heart of It All

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I’m smiling at the phrase Vintage Ayres. It’s a little bit of a smirk because, really, am I old enough to qualify as vintage? Maybe not. But definitely so in blog years. I… Continue reading

Rest.

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Rest. Why does this seem like a dirty four letter word? I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about rest. We were on fall break last week. You might think I took rest… Continue reading

Slicing Early: Thanks to Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy is looming.  Excessive rain, high floods, and massive flooding are very real threats for over 60 million people who live in the Northeast and in the Mid-Atlantic.  Therefore, I’ve decided to… Continue reading

Crafting a Tribute Poem

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Did you read Katherine Sokolowski’s Slice of Life post this past Tuesday?  She crafted a poem that was a tribute to a dear family-friend, Vel, who passed away.  Crafting the poem was a… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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Back on the rez, I was a decent player, I guess. A rebounder and a guy who could run up and down the floor without tripping. But something magical happened to me when… Continue reading

What kinds of online technology are you using in writing workshop?

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I was searching for something in our blog’s archives when I came across a video Ruth and I made about Bubbl.us, an online brainstorming tool, nearly four years ago.  (Click here to watch… Continue reading

It’s time to share your slices.

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Please link the Slice of Life Story you write today to this post by leaving a comment. Be sure to check out other bloggers’ writing by clicking through the links in the comment… Continue reading

Christy Is…

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Last week I had the privileged of observing Christy Rush-Levine with her eighth grade language arts classes. Deb Gaby, the reading coach in my district, along with two middle school teachers went with me to… Continue reading

The Essential Role of Writing in Contemporary K-12 Classrooms

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We’re delighted to be speaking at the Penn State York Summer Institute, which will take place in York, PA in June.  We’ll be delivering a keynote speech, “Teachers as Writers: Two Perspectives of How… Continue reading

Celebrate the National Day on Writing! #WhatIWrite

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I write… a lot.  I blog every day on a private, family-only blog I created for my daughter when she was born.  I blog about the teaching of writing here and about early… Continue reading

Informational Writing that Dazzles + a Giveaway

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A couple months back I promised to be more intentional about finding nonfiction picture books to recommend as mentor texts for writing workshop.  I’ve been looking at a lot of informational texts in… Continue reading

Nudging Joy: A Student Group

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the things I know because I write. I’ve been keeping a little list of these ideas as a crude plan for an article about the topic.… Continue reading

Weekly SOLSC

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Please link the Slice of Life Story you write today to this post by leaving a comment. Be sure to check out other bloggers’ writing by clicking through the links in the comment… Continue reading

Word Play (a writing night for families)

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Tomorrow night I’ve been invited to talk with parents and host a mini-writing workshop for families. You must know, about a week ago, our youngest, Sam (a first grader), gave two slips of… Continue reading

Modeling Writing Workshop

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Last week I spent a day at Southbury Elementary School in Illinois. (Hello Southbury!) They had students for half a day and the afternoon was a time for us to come together for… Continue reading

Connecting with Characters

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My husband and I spent ten hours watching “The Newsroom” this summer.  We DVRed all of the episodes so we could watch them at our leisure.  By episode four I was hooked by… Continue reading

Steph Harvey

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I just spent the last two days learning from Stephanie Harvey. (Am I lucky or what?) There are so many big things I’m thinking about. Here’s there: We must live curious lives. Not… Continue reading

Share your slices.

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Please link the Slice of Life Story you write today to this post by leaving a comment. Be sure to check out other bloggers’ writing by clicking through the links in the comment… Continue reading

Conventionally Speaking

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Just a little list of some things that are on my mind about conventions and teaching conventions and using (or not using) conventions. Conventions are important. Learning to use them in Standard English… Continue reading

Talking Writing with Tatyana Feeney

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Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket is one of my favorite new picture books, which I blogged about last week.  The main character is adorable.  He acts just like a little kid, but he’s a… Continue reading