New Header

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Joel from “So You Want To Teach” created our new image header. It’s a combination of our old one (sans the paper clips) and a little something new. Please let me us know… Continue reading

happy saturday.

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Over on Ali’s blog, {A}, she’s been talking about traditions this week.  I was inspired to create a list of traditions that follow me into this season.  I was wondering about you .… Continue reading

Poetry Friday Roundup

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Here we go folks! Shelf Elf: A wonderful little haiku and a book recommendation to boot! Jama Rattigan: Links us to a poem authored by Gregory Djanikian who is the Head of the… Continue reading

Poetry Friday Is Here! (Please scroll down to submit your poem using Mr. Linky.)

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Billy Collins’ Poetry continues to inspire me. The following Collins Poem, “Earthling” was published in The Apple That Astonished Paris. It resonated with me yesterday since I spent a great deal of time… Continue reading

Personal Essay Rubric

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Using the rubric I created for the personal narrative unit of study as a skeleton, I created a personal essay rubric a few days ago. I tweaked it with Kate yesterday afternoon and… Continue reading

21st Century Literacies (NCTE’s Nov. 2007 Council Chronicle)

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If you blog, then you know that websites are no longer the sole way to get information out into the world. We’re living in a Web 2.0 World. Today we have blogs, wikis,… Continue reading

Creating Folders for “Patches of Thought”

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During my first year of teaching I attended a Calendar Day hosted by the TCRWP where I got the idea for creating portable folders for my students to use in Writing Workshop to… Continue reading

WNW: Noticing Our Surroundings OR Other “Stuff”

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Welcome to Writer’s Notebook Wednesday! Today you can share your response to Stacey’s charge, or you can share something else. It doesn’t really matter what you share . . . the important thing… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: merry & bright.

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So I’ve been noticing stuff in my everyday world and wondering what to develop for WNW.  It occurred to me on Monday night that I should write about the Christmas lights that have… Continue reading

play with words + help end world hunger.

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Click on the picture below to play a vocabulary game.  For each word you get  correct, United Nations will donate 10 grains of rice to help end world hunger.

Take Note of What Surrounds You

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My students have been doing a lot of noticing in Writing Workshop since we began our Personal Essay Unit of Study last week. Hence, I created this Motivational Poster (of sorts) online. I… Continue reading

Customized Spelling Lists

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I’ve been grading my students’ personal narratives this morning using the rubric I created last month. That being said, I decided not to just grade their personal narratives, but also to use them… Continue reading

Gifts from the Heart

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On November 14th I received funding, through DonorsChoose, for the “Writing Gift Center” I blogged about in October. I was delighted that someone who didn’t know me or my students was inspired by… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: thanksgiving thoughts.

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Edited:  I posted & then read Stacey’s entry from today.  Strange that we both wrote poems.  Stranger still that we have a similar line.  Strange in a cool way, though.  So thankful for friendship.  :)  So I’m waiting for… Continue reading

Thanksgiving: A List Poem

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On this day, I am thankful for so many things. I figured I’d create a list poem, with my ideas clustered in stanzas, of what I am thankful for. (I decided not to… Continue reading

WNW: Mapping Your Teaching Heart & Writing About One Item in Your Heart

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Please use Mr. Linky and/or post a comment with your entry. Thanks for participating today! Ruth’s entry can be found by clicking here. Stacey’s entry can be found by clicking here.

ruth’s wn entry: teaching heart map

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I teach because of relationships.  I teach to impact others in positive ways.  I was surprised, looking over my map because of what’s not there.  No units, no grammar, no standards.  Nothing of… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: The Sadako Project… A Reflection

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Coming together, as a class, to do something worthwhile… I wanted all of my students to see what teamwork was about. I wanted them to do something as a group to see the… Continue reading

A Twist on Heart Maps

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Georgia Heard came up with the idea first. Penny Kittle adapted it. I’m bringing it from NCTE to you. Create a Map of your TEACHING Heart. Record the places you’ve worked, the people… Continue reading

Our thinking is evolving

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I noticed that Ruth posted her raw thinking earlier today. Let’s just say that there’s a lot of meta-cognition happening for both of us now that the NCTE Conference is over. I think… Continue reading