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

Gearing Up for Poetry

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Poetry Portfolio Originally uploaded by teachergal It’s May. National Poetry Month is over. However, that means that I’m just three weeks away from the start of our final unit of study: POETRY! :)… Continue reading

Weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge

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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