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

Ruth’s SOLC: I want chocolate milk!

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Nearing the end of dinner, our two year old announced, “I WANT CHO-CO-LATE MILK.” We looked at one another and then said to him, “How do polite boys ask?” “I WANT CHO-CO-LATE MILK… Continue reading

POETRY CHALLENGE

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I like challenging myself and my students with their writing. So… in honor of National Poetry Month, I thought about creating a week-long poetry challenge since I’d like to create more poetry of… Continue reading

I Should… And I Did!

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I gave the Word Count Journal more thought overnight after reading Stacie & Nancy’s Comments. I signed up. I’m a sucker for these types of things. Click here to see my first of… Continue reading

Word Count Journal: Should I or Shouldn’t I???

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Nancy wrote about her experiences with the Word Count Journal, something I hadn’t heard of ’til I read her post. I’m debating whether or not I want to sign up for one? Hmmmm…… Continue reading

Writing Things That Make Me Happy

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1. Noticing the growth in a young writer: I conferred with one of my students today who fought with me tooth-and-nail at the beginning of the school year when it came to elaborating.… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Please add the following image to your post and/or link back to http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2008/04/08/slice-of-life-story-challenge/ so that folks can find other participants. Link your Slice of Life Story here by clicking on Mr. Linky.

Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Jacob’s Pillow HERE I COME!

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We stayed up late last night to watch the final game between Kansas and Memphis. Only two points separated Marc and I from one another in our little bracket contest. I was behind… Continue reading

Some inspiration to keep you going this Tuesday

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When I was at Borders yesterday, I found myself sucked into buying a tiny book by Mitchell Uscher, which is a collection of quotes about teachers and teaching. I just wanted to share… Continue reading

Confessions of a Writing Teacher

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I didn’t teach the literary essay unit of study until last year. Why? I WAS SCARED TO DEATH TO TEACH IT! It seemed so complicated and so important… what if I messed up?… Continue reading

SOLSC Student Stuff

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Special writing “awards” for students who wrote 25 – 31 Slices of Life Stories in their writer’s notebooks last month. :) Reminder: The weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge will be here tomorrow.

Writing Miles Apart

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I visited my old school this past fall and had lunch with several of my former students, some of whom were part of DEAL WITH IT! Powerful Words from Smart, Young Women, and… Continue reading

Celebrating with Slices of Cake

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I gathered all four of the students who completed 31 Slices of Life during March for a luncheon today. School food for main courses and some Entemann’s for dessert. They informed me about… Continue reading

up for air.

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Three weeks ago was the last time I posted.  Three weeks ago my life changed.  On March 14, our new daughters moved in.  That’s right, in less than a week our little family of 3… Continue reading

Voice/Silence — Poetry Friday

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Staying with the voice/silence theme my class has begun to think about during our Interactive Read Alouds, I give you this poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller on the first Poetry Friday of National… Continue reading

Of course you can write!

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My kids returned from lunch and recess looking like they were ready for a discussion, not a read aloud aloud. However, it was time for Interactive Read Aloud and we were supposed to… Continue reading

Writing Free Verse Poetry: More Mentors

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I was reading a post Franki wrote about a new free-verse poetry novel, 42 Miles. After reading about it, I went on to Amazon and purchased a copy through the Strand Bookstore. I’m… Continue reading

16:20

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Made with free image tools @ TXT2PIC.com 80% of my class turned-in their Poetry Circle Poem Submission Forms on-time today. Yahoo! Many of them submitted their own poems, but others chose to submit… Continue reading

Sketchcast

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My mother-in-law, who is a Literacy Coach, emailed me this evening to inform me about a resource called Sketchcast. I went online and checked it out tonight to start thinking of ways I… Continue reading