SOLSC: Crying in Front of My Class

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My copy of Number the Stars Originally uploaded by teachergal I cried in front of my class today. And no, they didn’t torture me or each other to the point of tears. (Remember,… Continue reading

Structure

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Last week I blogged about the three structures memoir writing I’m teaching my students. Seeing as they’re all walking around saying, “I need more beads,” or “I’m not sure if my car is… Continue reading

Sight Words

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I’m very good about posting our class’s vocabulary words on a classroom bulletin board, but I’ve never had a list of high-frequency words up on the wall. I’m starting to think I should,… Continue reading

Another Way of Responding to Student Writing

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My comments about a student’s memoir (draft one) Originally uploaded by teachergal This is the other way I respond to my students’ drafts for all assignments. I always attach a short narrative with… Continue reading

I’m sitting reading memoirs…

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My students’ first drafts (of their memoirs) are filled with truth and emotion. I started reading them yesterday during Workshop time since some of the kids went home and completed them for homework.… Continue reading

Words + Pictures: Day 5

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Make a Smilebox postcard

An e-mail I didn’t want to see at 4:15 a.m.

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My body woke me up 45+ minutes early this morning. However, I felt awake, ready to face the day… until I saw an email from my cousin informing me that my great-aunt has… Continue reading

What Do Hybrid Cars, Windows, and Pearl Necklaces Have to Do with Memoir?

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Kate and I were creating charts after school this afternoon for tomorrow’s big memoir drafting lesson. (Though I previewed it for my kids today.) Calkins & Chiarella’s Book makes reference to three kinds… Continue reading

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