first grade poetry.

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I’ve been working alongside Colette Berg & Melissa Possell in their first grade rooms. We’ve been having students do a lot of collaboration as they make their first foray into poetry. Last week… Continue reading

ruth’s solc: sick

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Stomach twisted. Head pounding. On the couch. Overwhelmed. PS — This weekend’s slices of life are in my notebook; but I have to scan them in to share & that isn’t going to… Continue reading

Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day 10

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I was chatting with my Mom on my hands-free while driving home from Ceramics Class and the grocery store around 6:00 p.m. this evening when I got beeped. I waited until I was… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 10

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If you start today capturing your slices today, you can still be in the drawing for a prize! Please link your Slice of Life Story to us here by clicking on the Mr.… Continue reading

Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day 9

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The hot air inside of the bubble felt good against my skin. I took an extra-long time stretching as many muscles as I could before I unzipped my goggles from their protective case.… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 9

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Even if you start today capturing your slices today, you can still be a part of the: Please link your Slice of Life Story to us here by clicking on the Mr. Linky… Continue reading

Great Popular Reads That Push Your Thinking About Education and Society

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Stephanie R. Jones, my former T.C. professor, has a great list of books on her blog, Engaged Intellectuals, that will push your thinking about education and society. Unless you’re at the Univ. of… Continue reading

MAKING KIDS FEEL BIG, NOT small.

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I had the pleasure of hearing Linda Christensen deliver the keynote address at today’s RIWP Spring 2008 Conference. Linda wrote a book entitled Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and… Continue reading

Day 8: Stacey’s Slice of Life Story

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I turned the knob of the first door of Room 256. It didn’t budge. Therefore, I walked further down the hall to see if there was another door. There was, but it said… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 8

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You still have time to participate in the: View the “slide show” (below) to learn more about the slices of our lives worth recording. Make a scrapbook – it’s easy! Please link your… Continue reading

Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day 7 (Teddy Bear Overload)

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Ever since I shared my Slice of Life Story from Day 5 with my students, I’ve noticed more and more teddy bears appearing every day. The bears stay in the girls’ backpacks nearly… Continue reading

Peek Into My Classroom

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Some images that represent the writing-related things going on in my classroom. Enjoy the “tour!” (Many of these photos were taken by my students with my camera.) News & Announcement Chart Originally uploaded… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 7

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You still have time to participate in the: Please link your Slice of Life Story to us here by clicking on the Mr. Linky Widget below. To learn more about this Challenge, please… Continue reading

Plan Book

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Someone queried me last month asking me, “What does your plan book look like?” I scanned-in my plan book and emailed them back. However, in the past week, I’ve gotten a few more… Continue reading

POETRY FRIDAY: This sheet is for my class’s Morning Meeting

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Poetry Friday 030708 Originally uploaded by teachergal Every Friday we read a poem together. I found this one in a poetry book I just got and thought I’d share it with my kids… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 6

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You still have time to participate in the: Please link your Slice of Life Story to us here by clicking on the Mr. Linky Widget below. To learn more about this Challenge, please… Continue reading

Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day 6 (The Price of Gasoline)

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I considered going on the weekend, but after having to do a four gallon fill-up on Tuesday night to get-by, I decided to fill-up my tank on my way home this evening. I… Continue reading

Literary Essay Texts

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During our common planning time today, my colleagues and I brainstormed a list of texts we’re going to have students select from for their literary essays. Many people think that kids should pick… Continue reading

reflecting on charts.

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Yesterday in Sue Price’s sixth grade language arts class, I led the sharing.  Her students are in the middle of reading their research (on a topic of their choice) in order to write… Continue reading

solc: song on the radio.

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What a busy day!  Currently I’m in the midst of a major life change.  Yesterday’s slice of life was too personal to post (not to mention that I left my house at 5:30 am,… Continue reading