Reflections: Growth

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Someone once told me that an experienced teacher asks, “How are the kids doing?” rather than asking “How am I doing?” I’ve found that to be more and more true of myself as… Continue reading

A One Week Poetry Challenge: Day 4 of 8

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I’ve probably written couplets before, but I don’t think I realized it. You see, I disliked poetry when I was in elementary school because I thought it ALL had to rhyme. Once I… Continue reading

This Tuesday’s SOLSC Is Here!

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Please add the following image to your post and/or link back to this post so that folks can find other participants. Consider inviting-in someone new to the SOLSC Community. Know a blogger who… Continue reading

Stacey’s Slice of Life Story

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I’ve been doing some very light hammering for the past hour. There are more holes in some of my walls than I should even admit to. Why? I’m trying to find spaces for… Continue reading

Word Count Feels So Restricting

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I started a Word Count Journal nine days ago. I like the concept, but I find it so restricting! With the exception of articles I wrote (in my former life when I was… Continue reading

Stacey’s Fourth of Eight Poems

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A Couplet About the Tomato Salads I Created For Dinner Originally uploaded by teachergal I was slicing tomatoes, crumbling goat cheese, sprinkling salt, and drizzling olive oil last night. The smell brought me… Continue reading

Student Resources on ReadWriteThink

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One of my students contacted me yesterday asking for things to do online because she was bored. Hence, I found some great student resources over at ReadWriteThink that I shared with her. There… Continue reading

Stacey’s Third of Eight Poems

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Nurturing a Poem with Two Voices Originally uploaded by teachergal First, I decided it would be appropriate for me to do some nurturing… after all, I want to make sure that anything I… Continue reading

A One Week Poetry Challenge: Day 3 of 8

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Ruth got me thinking about writing a poem for two voices, which I attempted once (and failed at). Hence, I modified my thinking about poems for two voices since I started thinking about… Continue reading

Stacey’s Second of Eight Poems

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My best friend had a baby on March 10th, 2008. The distance between us (she lives in Southern CT), coupled with my busy work schedule, meant that I didn’t get down to see… Continue reading

ruth’s poem: 2 of 8.

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New Family There used to be three – Now there’s five. There used to be quiet – Now there’s noise. There used to be tidy-ness – Now there’s clutter. There used to be… Continue reading

A One Week Poetry Challenge: Day 2 of 8

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Even if you didn’t partake in Day 1 of the Challenge, you may start at any time with: Today’s inspiration to jump-start your writing, if you need it: Try writing an “I used… Continue reading

ruth’s poem: 1 of 8

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Changes Changes in the house Changes in the vehicle Changes in the schedule Changes in the shopping Changes in the routine Changes in the cooking all lead to the most important change: changes… Continue reading

A One Week Poetry Challenge: DAY 1 of 8

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I’m hosting Seders for the first time in my life this Passover. Therefore, my mind has been on recipes lately (and the quest to find a recipe for the “perfect” charoset). Therefore, I… Continue reading

Stacey’s First of Eight Poems

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First Draft of A Recipe Poem Written by Me INGREDIENTS: 1 paper cut on the pinky from a Word Study Sheet 2 small cuts on the thumb from carelessness 3 painful paper cuts… Continue reading

Poetry Friday

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It’s springtime… ah! FINALLY!!! Yesterday we were blessed with a lovely 72-degree day. I rode home from work with my windows open and it was marvelous! That being said, here’s the poem I’m… Continue reading

Plan Boxes Defined

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Kelly asked about plan boxes. Since I happen to have one of my student’s old notebooks at my apartment this evening, I photographed six plan boxes to share with you. You can view… Continue reading

Schools & Technology

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As I may have mentioned, some of my students (past and present) have begun blogging. Uber cool, but uber risky if they are not monitored closely by me and/or their parent. I found… Continue reading

reflective practice.

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A few months ago I attended a two day workshop with Debbie Miller.  It was phenomenal.  The thing I was struck by the most, however, was her commitment to reflective practice.  Everyday after… Continue reading

daily routine.

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I’m amazed how a new routine can be established within a week and refined within three.  Amazingly, our life has reached a new normal.  And the majority of moments are quite lovely.  I’ve… Continue reading