Discovery from a Weekend Writer’s Notebook Assessment

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Reminder for a Student Writer Originally uploaded by teachergal I recently changed-up my Weekend Writer’s Notebook Assessments. One question I ask, now, is “How can I help you as a writer?” I noticed… Continue reading

ruth: slice of life: welcome home.

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“Hiiiiiiiiiiaaaahhh!  Moooooommmmmmmm!”  The little voice greeted me as I opened the front door after work today.  (I just wish I could get the Doppler Effect to come out in my writing!)  The 27 pound… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story: Close Call

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Mr. Quirk, my high school driving instructor, told me that many accidents happen in parking lots since people aren’t paying attention. For that reason, I’ve always been sure to be extra-alert whenever I… Continue reading

Checking-in with My ONE LITTLE WORD!

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this is going in my car Originally uploaded by teachergal Last week one of my nine-year old students asked me, “So, Ms. S… How’s it going with the balance?” “What?” I asked her… Continue reading

WNW Charge: Quote

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Ruth and I are both fans of quotations. We even have an entire page devoted to quotes we love. Lisa Meyer compiled a book entitled Quotes for Kids: Today’s Interpretations of Timeless Quotes… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story: Rain, Rain, Go Away

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It was hard to fall asleep last night since the rain kept tap-tap-tapping on the ledge outside my window. I woke up this morning to the same persistent tapping. Unable to fall back… Continue reading

News Article

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I received the ASCD SmartBrief today and followed the link to read this article in The New York Times. After learning about the ways in which French 5th graders are going to be… Continue reading

Why am I writing this over and over again?

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After hearing about Janet Angelillo’s new book from Ruth, I went online and started reading the sample chapter. I started thinking about the fact that each and every day I write down what… Continue reading

New Book.

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I was looking for a sample chapter from Janet Angelillo’s book Writing About Reading:  From Book Talk to Literary Essays, Grades 3 -8 .  Although I did find the sample chapter, more importantly,… Continue reading

Writing Fiction? Take the next step!

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My son loves-loves-loves books.  This steals my heart.  It also allows me even more time to read children’s books.  What I’ve noticed is my desire to dive in and write fiction. I know… Continue reading

confidence.

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I had an interesting phone call yesterday afternoon.  Upon answering the phone, the voice on the other end identified herself and went on to tell me, “I’m not sure why I feel the… Continue reading

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