Cybils 2007 Awards Have Been Announced

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I was honored to have been part of the Fiction Picture Book Judging Committee for the 2007 Cybils Awards along with Mitali, Barb, Nikki, and Gail, which was led by Jules. As I… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story: Pancakes for Breakfast

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When I transferred the pancake mix into an airtight container last month, I forgot to cut out the directions from the side of the box before I threw out the box. Oops! This… Continue reading

Slice of Life Writing

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One of my students and her mom spent some time with me after school yesterday afternoon. (Yep, made it through the day even though I was sick!) She claimed that she had nothing… Continue reading

Poetry Friday & Wordless Wednesday & WNW!

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Things are crazy around my home & I’ve missed Wordless Wednesday two weeks in a row now . . . not to mention WNW.  So on this Friday . . . which is… Continue reading

Teacher as Writer.

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One of the most powerful ways to become a better writing teacher is to write.  And one of the most essential things to write is what we expect our students to write.  Dina… Continue reading

What’s on your heart?

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Yesterday a fourth grade classroom I work with kicked off their poetry study by mapping their hearts (sans Georgia Heard).  Stacey & I did this a few months ago for WNW.  This is… Continue reading

under the weather on poetry friday

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It’s 2 a.m. and I’m up sick. I’ve been drinking flat soda, but still feel under the weather. Hence, I went over to my computer and found a poem by Gregory K. from… Continue reading

Spreading the joy of poetry

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One of my dearest friends is turning 31 today. I just sent her an iomoi card with a poem tucked into my online greeting. I give each of my students a poem on… Continue reading

Why all the photos? Where’s WNW?

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I’ve been hard at work on this piece of fiction writing for my classroom demonstrations during Writing Workshop. Hence, other than the writing I’ve been doing online (which is quite a bit), I… Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday: Great Literacy Coaches Save Lives — A small tribute to Pat, who was my Literacy Coach during my first year of teaching

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Photos taken by Zlatko Batistich.

Wordless Wednesday: Two of my AMAZING former student teachers & colleagues at my wedding

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Photo taken by Zlatko Batistich.

Time to Write the Entire Draft

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My colleague Kate and I were remarking that this unit of study on fiction is taking our students longer (i.e., longer for their drafts to come together). Hence, I decided that it’s time… Continue reading

LCD

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I used an LCD Projector in my classroom for the very first time today. (One of my kids took a photo of the computer, the “screen,” and the LCD I borrowed.) I wanted… Continue reading

WN Entry: I only needed to buy…

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What did I buy???!!!??? Originally uploaded by teachergal This was the list I had before I went to Whole Foods this afternoon: iced tea, cotton squares, dinner for tonight, veggies, lunch for tomorrow,… Continue reading

100th Day of School

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Today was the hundredth day of school. As usual, I overplanned: The good news is that we got to all but two of these things. The bad news is that we never did… Continue reading

Writing Fiction

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I haven’t been blogging much lately since I’ve been drafting my short fiction story that I’m writing alongside my students for the unit of study we’re in right now. This is the first… Continue reading

Guidelines for a Publishing Party

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This was the first time in four years that I ever put together a readers’ and listeners’ responsibilities list for a Publishing Party. However, I think it helped my students get focused on… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Each of Us Has a Name

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We got married by two rabbis. One of them is a friend from college, the other our rabbi from NYC. In this case our rabbi from NYC, Felicia Sol, delivered a beautiful sermon… Continue reading

Messy Mountain

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I filled in the last three boxes of my story mountain during today’s W.W. I just added my character’s feelings/thinking in blue to the mountain when I got home. Then I started thinking… Continue reading

RIWP Spring Conference

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I just received an e-mail today to find out that my proposal to do a session at the Rhode Island Writing Project’s Spring Conference was accepted. :-) The session’s title I proposed when… Continue reading