Words + Photos: Day 4

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pottery Originally uploaded by teachergal I tried to focus more on the letting the writing guide me… not letting the photos lead the way, like I have the other days this week. (The… Continue reading

Should we be scrapbooking with our students?

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Ali Edwards wrote the following today in her Words + Photos Post (Day Three): What if you encouraged your kids (by example and through encouragement) to be the kind of people who grow… Continue reading

photos + words.

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In response to Ali’s challenge this week, I’ve been thinking of stories which represent finding balance in life.  This has stretched me as a writer.  I find myself renewed by having a project to… Continue reading

ruth’s solsc: home.

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MOM! MOMMY! MOMMA! Three voices.  Three expressions.  Three times my heart is filled.  Am I really a mother of three?  Some things just take a bit of adjustment. And then the pitter-patter of… Continue reading

What scene has bothered you the most in the book?

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The Soldiers Are Everywhere Originally uploaded by teachergal We’re reading Number the Stars in Interactive Read Aloud right now. The kids love the book, even though they’re disgusted with the way the Nazis… Continue reading

Wow! 100,000 Hits!

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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