Words + Pictures – Day 3

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I wanted to try to represent the simple act of cleaning my desk in just ONE layout today. Here’s what I created to show that: CLEAN DESK = HAPPY TEACHER Make a Smilebox… Continue reading

Pin-Drop Quiet in W.W.

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My room was pin-drop quiet during Writing Workshop today. Why? I did that great Katherine Bomer Activity I blogged about earlier this week entitled “Inside Me/Outside Me.” The kids not only pushed themselves,… Continue reading

The First SOLSC of May Has Arrived!

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Please link your Slice of Life Stories by using Mr. Linky. Have a stellar day!

Words + Photos: Day 2

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Heading Home the Slow Way 1 Originally uploaded by teachergal Here’s my second entry for the { A } Words + Photos Week. These photos were taken on my ride home from work… Continue reading

SOLSC: Mini Courses

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Hummos, Pita, and Turkish Apricots Originally uploaded by teachergal Mini Courses began yesterday at my school. I landed up having eight kids in my handmade card making mini course. I had a FABULOUS… Continue reading

words + photos reflection.

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Stacey (who, in my opinion, is properly hooked on {A}) referenced Ali’s words + photo week in a previous post today.   I love how different blog posts and thoughts resonate inside of different people.  Stacey was inspired… Continue reading

prompt scoring.

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First day back . . . and I had the pleasure of working with all of the 4th & 5th grade teachers in our corporation to SCORE WRITING PROMPTS! (Does the emphasis of… Continue reading

Words + Photos: Day 1

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Ali Edwards is hosting a Words + Photos Week over at { A }. I debated, heavily, as to whether I should post this on TWT or on Crafty Creations. However, I opted… Continue reading

Process Log Gets My Mind In-Motion Again

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When Lucy had us keep Process Logs for each piece we wrote for one of her classes, I (at first) thought it was a waste of time. I wondered how it would help… Continue reading

M-F? 8-3? Ha!

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Sunday To Do List Originally uploaded by teachergal Don’t ever let anyone get away with telling you that teaching is an 8 – 3 job. This is my to-do list, which I created… Continue reading

Getting Students Published

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I’ve had four of my former treasures (I’m borrowing a Jen Barney word here!) get published in New Moon Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams. However, I don’t just teach talented female writers;… Continue reading

Memoir Stuff On-Tap for This-Coming Week

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This week I’m going to pull-out a bunch of texts that are memoir-ish: When the Relatives Came, What You Know First, The House on Mango Street, and maybe even Marshfield Dreams if I… Continue reading

Marching to the Music: A Great Way to Review Content & Have Some Fun

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I’m introducing a bunch of new games to my students this week during Morning Meeting. I got all of them from 99 Activities and Greetings: Great for Morning Meeting… and other meetings, too!… Continue reading

Taking Down the Scaffolds Slowly

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After studying Vygotsky ‘s ZPD in the very first education class I took in college, I came to realize how important scaffolding was. Last summer, nine years after my first education class (That… Continue reading

Reading First Was Deemed “Ineffective”

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The NY Times published an article entitled, “An Initiative on Reading Is Rated Ineffective” today. Not exactly a shocker most of us literacy educators, but perhaps shocking to others who haven’t followed this… Continue reading

We’re Doing Poetry at the Zoo

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at the zoo Originally uploaded by teachergal I just booked a field trip to take my class (and Kate’s) to the Zoo next month. I’m so excited since they’ll be observing the animals… Continue reading

poetry friday: the dance.

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Here’s an original for Poetry Friday (held at Big A little a).   Tonight we danced – No music No dance floor No heels We danced through the ritual of bedtime Each knowing… Continue reading

Trusting Me With the “Stuff” of Their Lives

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I was out due to the extreme amount of neck pain I had yesterday. Therefore, when I returned to school this morning, I found the students’ work trays brimming with papers waiting to… Continue reading

happy may.

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“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is… Continue reading

Poetry Portfolio Guidelines

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My colleagues and I met during our Common Planning Time today and solidified this year’s Poetry Portfolio Guidelines, which is an adaptation of what my fifth graders did last year. We’re going to… Continue reading