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

Working My Way Backwards

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I started a story mountain for my W.W. minilesson demo today. I started with the climax of the story: Then, I started working my way backwards: I’m hoping this will illustrate for my… Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday

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Wrapped in Marc’s Tallit for the Sheva Brachot Originally uploaded by teachergal Photo Taken by Zlatko Batistich on Our Wedding Day.

relax.

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I’m not sure what the weather has been like in your corner of the world, but here in the Midwest, it has been bizarre!  (Which may be a bit of an understatement!)  Last… Continue reading

A new title

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When I read Jamaica’s Find for the purpose of introducing it as a touchstone text to my students last week, I felt as though many of them thought the book was a little… Continue reading

Walking the Walk

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As I was conferring with my students today, I realized that many of their fictional characters were just them, but with different names. (They were choosing seed ideas today and developing their characters.)… Continue reading

organization help.

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I happened across this website today.  It offers many tips and ideas to help tackle all of your organization dilemmas.  Check it out!  Life Organizers.com