Monthly Archive: January, 2013

Start Thinking About the Classroom SOLSC: Classroom Prizes

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Everyone wants students to be be intrinsically motivated to write daily. While we can hope our enthusiasm is contagious, sometimes it’s not enough for reluctant writers.  Working with reluctant writers means providing the… Continue reading

Independent Writers

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I used to dream of reaching a point in my writing workshop instruction where kids were all working as writers, but they weren’t all doing the exact same thing. This isn’t an easy… Continue reading

Slicing on Tuesdays

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Pumping Up for March Slice of Life Challenge!

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It’s time to start talking and imagining and getting excited about the 6th Annual Slice of Life Challenge. Here are a few things to begin considering. If you’ve never participated, now is the… Continue reading

Lab Sites Showcase Examples of Good Teaching

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Debrief questions and forms for a classroom lab site.

A Secret to Conferring

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I like to figure out why writers make the choices they make. It’s fascinating to learn about writers’ processes, just as it is fascinating to gain insight into the processes of the writers… Continue reading

Living Well in the Classroom

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Last week I found myself reading through The Community Review, which is the Jewish newspaper for Greater Harrisburg. Rabbi Akiva Males of Kesher Israel Congregation wrote a tribute to teacher Victoria Soto who… Continue reading

Tuesday Slices + A Poll

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 Please link your slice of life story to this post today. As always, be sure to check out other bloggers’ writing by clicking through the links in the comment section of this post.… Continue reading

Permalink

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Today we celebrate equality. When I read about the civil rights movement, I have to pause and stretch my imagination to understand what life was like in the 1960’s. Separation was accepted, even… Continue reading

Two Books to Honor MLK

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May tomorrow be more than just a day off from work and school. May tomorrow be a day when we commemorate the life of a great man who worked peacefully for justice and equality in this country. May the example set by Dr. King inspire us all.

Be Present.

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Knowing when to be present helps me think about being more intentional when dividing my time between technology and the people in my life.

Talking Poetry with Lynne and Rose + a Giveaway

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Poetry Mentor Texts: Making Reading and Writing Connections, K-8 is the latest gem from Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli.  Not only does their book help you hone your poetry workshop instruction using mentor… Continue reading

21st Century Research

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This is the view from the beginning of my day. Our middle schools are working toward an Academic Learning Fair. We are being intentional about considering Common Core standards and making shifts to… Continue reading

Tuesday Slices + A Request for March SOLSC Prizes

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Link up your slices today. While you’re here, please decide if you are able to offer gender-neutral, writing-related prize to one of the 6th Annual SOLSC participants who writes and links daily.

Words that are Speaking to Me

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  Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Schedule some time for yourself in 2013.

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Teachers tend to take care of everyone else before they take care of themselves! It’s time to start carving out a little ME time for yourself at least one afternoon a week.

Big Realization from a Tiny Mouse

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I have an irrational fear of mice. It is bad news. My husband has established a preemptive strike in our basement and garage. He engages in an impossible battle to keep our home,… Continue reading

Step into a biography with an author-illustrator team + a giveaway

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Every now and then a book comes along I want to tell everyone about. When I say everyone, I mean blog readers, my family, friends, teachers with whom I consult, and other parents.… Continue reading

Calling All Slicers! Would you assist us with this year’s month-long challenge?

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Participating daily in the Slice of Life Story Challenge is a big commitment. Therefore, please do not volunteer for one of the jobs mentioned above if writing and linking for 31 days straight is a big enough commitment for you. If you are interested, please leave the words, “I want to be tech support,” “I want to be a concierge,” or “I want to be the welcome wagon” in your comment, along with the link to the slice you’re sharing, today.

Enough

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I want you to know you are enough. Enough. As in you are good enough. Enough. As in I’ve had enough. Enough. As in I have enough time. You are enough. I think… Continue reading