Monday Musings.

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Happy Monday!  Sometimes I find myself editing the content of what I want to post because I feel this blog is more formal than the others in my life.  But today, I’m just… Continue reading

A One Week Poetry Challenge: Day 8 of 8

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I LOVE Jane Yolen’s book Color Me a Rhyme: Nature Poems for Young People. In fact, I read it to my class last year on the first day of our poetry unit of… Continue reading

Stacey’s Eighth of Eight Poems

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This is my color poem, which is written in a list poem format.

Closing the Summer Writing Gap????

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Linda B. Gambrell, President of the International Reading Association, has a great column in the April/May 2008 Issue entitled “Closing the summer reading gap: You can make a difference!” It’s a great column… Continue reading

A One Week Poetry Challenge: Day 7 of 8

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How often do you truly experience something with all five of your senses? Dew’s Poem Starters got me thinking about using all five of my senses to capture an emotion. Dew’s provides a… Continue reading

Stacey’s Seventh of Eight Poems

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Even if you’re a few days behind, don’t fret. C’mon in and join JOY: Five Senses Poem Originally uploaded by teachergal I chose to write a poem about the emotion joy. I’m not… Continue reading

Quick Writes for A Kid

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Quick Writes Note To Student Originally uploaded by teachergal I came across my list of follow-ups from Family-Teacher Conferences on my desk this evening as I was trying to clean up. I found… Continue reading

A One Week Poetry Challenge: Day 6 of 8

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A couple months ago I purchased Teaching Grammar with Perfect Poems for Middle School: Engaging Lessons with Model Poems That Motivate Kids to Learn Grammar and Write Well by Nancy Mack. Even though… Continue reading

Scrapbooks for the Slicers

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One of the Two Handmade SOLSC Scrapbooks Originally uploaded by teachergal I enlisted myself for the preservation of my four students’ Slices of Life (i.e., the ones who completed all 31 March). I… Continue reading

Quick Publish Assessment for Literary Essay

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In case you’re wondering what the on-demand assessment (aka: Quick Publish Assessment) I was blogging about earlier looks like, here’s what it looks like: LITERARY ESSAY QUICK PUBLISH ASSESSMENT TASK: Write a four… Continue reading

Thinking about on-demand lit. essay writing

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When my students return from vacation they’re going to be spending a week in their notebooks before we start our memoir unit of study. (We’re saving poetry for last since I didn’t feel… Continue reading

What’s in your pocket?

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Today is “Poem in Your Pocket Day.” When I taught in NYC, this was the equivalent of a holiday. Lots of fun activities and special events took place on this day. Seeing as… Continue reading

Stacey’s Sixth of Eight Poems

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NY Times Article

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My friend Dan sent me this article this morning. Do click over to The New York Times and read it when you have a few moments. New York Region With Mentors at Their… Continue reading

A One Week Poetry Challenge: Day 5 of 8

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Even if you’re a few days behind, don’t fret. C’mon in and join Paul B. Janeczo, who selected the poems for A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms defines… Continue reading

Stacey’s Fifth of Eight Poems

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A Senryu About My Tummy Ache Sampling “Pesach” food Gefilte fish and pickles Tummy ache galore! I’m not sure why I chose that combination of things (there was more), but I was limited… Continue reading

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