Not exactly a deep SOLS, but it’s a slice of my day!

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Major neck pain has found it’s way to the forefront of my life yet again. I spent most of my night waiting for and having an MRI to determine why I’m having numbness… Continue reading

In Their Words

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Today’s Workshop, in my classroom, was spent immersing my students in the memoir genre (or is it genre of memoir… both sound funny to me!). The kids realized that most memoirs are a… Continue reading

WN ENTRY: What do we do when we find ourselves repeating history?

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“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” My high school History Teacher, Tom Wilcox, didn’t originate that phrase, but he repeated it to us quite a few times during tenth… Continue reading

A Visionary in the Bronx

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My mother-in-law sent me the link to a story from “The Today Show.” It’s about an unlikely principal who turned a failing junior high school in the Bronx around… completely. Click here to… Continue reading

Who Is Responsible?” Literacy and Education for All

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This weekend has been about me floating on Cloud Nine! First we heard about NCTE. Then, this evening I found out my proposal to present at the Fall 2008 NEATE (New England Association… Continue reading

Slight Tweaking

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I did some slight tweaking to our memoir unit of study. This is this year’s “final” version. Session 1: Writers read and listen to student memoirs and then write in order to inspire… Continue reading

Mini-Course: Handmade Card Making

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Our school is having mini-courses for the kids on three Mondays in May. I signed-up to do handmade card making mini-course with second, third, and fourth graders who are interested. I started creating… Continue reading

ED in ’08 Blogger Summit

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Alex from the Ed in ’08 Blogger Summit left a comment this morning on our About Us Page. The Summit is being held in Washington, DC later this month. If you’re interested in… Continue reading

Inspired to Create a Book List at OceanCliff

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The view of the water from the back of OceanCliff Originally uploaded by teachergal We got all of our writing and reading teaching points solidified for the rest of the school year when… Continue reading

WE’RE PRESENTING AT NCTE IN NOVEMBER!!!!

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I just got off of the phone with Ruth, with whom I shared the great news. Our conversation session proposal, “INSPIRING CHILDREN TO WRITE: TEACHING WRITING WORKSHOP WITH OUR NOTEBOOKS WIDE OPEN” was… Continue reading

Immersing them in the memoir genre

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Deb asked me which texts I’ll be using on day one of the memoir unit. Well, the answer is that I will be reading When the Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant or rereading… Continue reading

P.D.

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OceanCliff Originally uploaded by teachergal I was completely inspired by my surroundings today when I attended a day-long professional development session with my colleagues at OceanCliff in Newport. The drive out there was… Continue reading

Gearing-Up for Memoir

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We’re starting a new unit of study on Monday: MEMOIR! I’ve taught it twice using Calkins and Chiarella’s Book. However, this year is going to be different. Kate and I decided to mesh… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: There Is A Time…

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I was perusing Caroline Kennedy’s poetry anthology for kids, WHICH I LOVE, with one of my students yesterday since she was looking for inspiration during our Writing Workshop. We came across Ecclesiastes 3,… Continue reading

Poetry Pass in Interactive Read Aloud

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We did a Poetry Pass for the first time during Interactive Read Aloud yesterday. I wanted to do it so that I could get the kids writing about a ‘heavy’ poem I presented… Continue reading

Posting Poems

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One of my kiddos posted a poem (which was shown to me when it was in draft form a couple of weeks ago) this morning. I’m exceedingly flattered that I’m seeing poems dedicated… Continue reading

Quotes & Poetry

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Today’s Writing Workshop lesson went soooo well. I had never had kids write about quotations before, but it was such a success! I look forward to folding this lesson into the first unit… Continue reading

Today’s Lesson Was Inspired By One of My Former Students

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Fall 2006. One of my talented former students, who was part of the Extended Day Program, decided to undertake an independent writing project similar to Lisa Meyer’s Book Quotes for Kids: Today’s Interpretations… Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday: A photo I didn’t realize my student took when my camera was in her hands…

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Caught Reading – Photo by A.R. (one of my students) Originally uploaded by teachergal Click on the photo to read the back story.

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Let me just say, I spent the past 38 minutes writing a post in response to the comments left on Monday Musings, while¬†periodically¬†going upstairs and explaining to a 4 year old the importance… Continue reading