Wordless Wednesday: Why don’t I have the patience to paint something nicely?

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Hanging Key Holder or Gar-bage?

thinking about pictures.

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When Debbie Miller was here, she had recommended Tony Johnston’s book, The Harmonica.  I was instantly intrigued by the book and ordered it from Amazon.  (You can too, by using the links in… Continue reading

ruth’s solc: the harmonica.

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Snuggled on the couch.  Surrounded by my favorite quilt.  Alone.  I hold a new book.  I take a moment to notice the dark cover.  Although it is hand-drawn, it almost looks like a photo.… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 4

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Please link your Slice of Life Story to us here by clicking on the Mr. Linky Widget below. (Sorry that I didn’t post this ’til the morning. I’m still under the weather and… Continue reading

“New Literacy”

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I’m in a political mood today since today is Primary Day in R.I. Therefore, I have been thinking about the way that politicians work with educators to affect change. Hence, I decided to… Continue reading

Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day 4

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We Voted Together! #3 & #4 at the Polling Place! Originally uploaded by teachergal I didn’t care if I am sick. I’m voting today! “What time do you think we need to leave… Continue reading

ruth’s solc: first words of the day.

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Sam woke up early this morning.  I ignored the noises on the monitor since I was still in the middle of my morning routine.  However, I stopped in the middle of swiping on… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 3

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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 visit our Slice of Life Challenge Page. Also,… Continue reading

Preservation

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My SOLS go in here! Originally uploaded by teachergal I decided to purchase an inexpensive presentation booklet from Staples for the purpose of housing my Slice of Life Stories since I’m writing them… Continue reading

Scenes from a Workshop Workshop

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Well, really just a scene from today’s Writing Workshop, but I wanted to do a take-off of the Billy Joel Song. ;) Anyway, I taught a great minilesson today on character development in… Continue reading

Not Quite the Start I Hoped For… But Not Bad

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Eight of my 18 kids (two were absent) came into school today with their Slice of Life Story Entries from the weekend. I was hoping to have more like 90% of my students… Continue reading

Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day 3

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The alarm buzzed in my ear at 5:15 a.m. I’m still sick, but I’m going in! Therefore, I took about three more minutes and then rolled right out of bed. I headed to… Continue reading

ruth’s solc: recovery food.

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Let me begin by revealing that I am a really bad taker of naps.  Actually, that is an understatement.  I doubt there are many out there who are worse than I.  Seriously. There… Continue reading

Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day 2

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I finished attaching ribbon, to the wooden boxes I painted, earlier this morning. I decided I had gotten enough practice painting practice. Therefore, it was time to bring out the stencil and have… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 2

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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 visit our Slice of Life Challenge Page. Also,… Continue reading

Thinking Critically About Writing Workshop

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I wanted to reflect on some questions Stephanie Jones, one of my former T.C. professors and author of Engaged Intellectuals, presents at the end of chapter 11 in her book Girls, Social Class,… Continue reading

frank serafini.

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Over the next few days I’m going to have a few posts inspired by Frank Serafini, author of numerous works, including Around the Reading Workshop in 80 Days.  All-Write Consortium (which my school district belongs)… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLC: Studio Desk

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  The first day of March.  The first day of the Slice of Life Challenge (SOLC).  The first entry I’ve ever written in a Moleskine Notebook.  And I’ve found myself paying attention (even… Continue reading

Slice of Life Notebook.

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I made this special just for the challenge.  My very first Moleskine — ooh-la-la!

Short Fiction Rubric

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I finally sat down and created a short fiction rubric for the picture books my students are going to “publish” this-coming week. If you’re in the market for a rubric that provides space… Continue reading