Poetry Friday: Writer’s Notebook

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Here’s a poem from Ralph Fletcher’s book, A Writing Kind of Day. Writer’s Notebooks My brother Tom says he’s a hundredaire with two hundred fifty dollars in his bank account. Dad’s a thousandaire.… Continue reading

The Big Picture: What’s on your heart?

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I used my teaching heart map as an example in the classroom yesterday, which made me go back and look at the past post about it.  I was amazed at how thinking about… Continue reading

Poems for Kids’ Birthdays

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I was on two home visits yesterday. At the first one, the little girl asked me, “Do you know when my birthday is?” I sure did! I knew it because I already put… Continue reading

The Big Picture: Honesty

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“I’d rather be able to face myself in the bathroom mirror than be rich and famous.” –Ani DiFranco I created a handbook of classroom regulations and procedures for my fifth graders during my… Continue reading

Online Poetry Class (Stanford University)

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A few months ago Kirsten Andersen who is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University visited my classroom. She sat with my students and conferred with them about their poetry. She spent an extraordinary… Continue reading

Heart Maps: Another Twist.

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Sara left the following comment, which I love, first, because it’s a comment and, second, because I was planning to blog about this today.  What is that they say about minds that think… Continue reading

STRONG EMOTIONS MINILESSON

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I was asked, by Ro, about my Strong Emotions/Skittles Lesson. I normally don’t post minilessons I write in this forum for several reasons (one of which is that it doesn’t align with the… Continue reading

The Big Picture: What are kids thinkin’ on the first day?

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I live with a first grader.  Here were her two big concerns prior to the first day of school: One.  Will my teacher be nice?  Two.  Will I have any friends? I think… Continue reading

Memory Boxes

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Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge was published in 1985, when I was in third grade. However, my third grade teacher never read it to me, nor did my fourth or my fifth. In fact,… Continue reading

The Big Picture: Pay no mind to the calendar or your watch! Just pay attention to what you do with your days!

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I was about 15 when a family member shared a quote with me that was inscribed on a wall of his high school: “We live in deeds, not years.” It was something worth… Continue reading

The Big Picture: Our Colleagues.

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We’ve never really done a “series” per say here on Two Writing Teachers, but it seems that this week our posts have the makings of a series about what really matters when it… Continue reading

Five-Subject Writer’s Notebooks

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My students will be getting idea notebooks early in the school year. By late September, they’ll also possess five-subject writer’s notebooks, which they’ll use expressly for units of study. (Click here to read… Continue reading

Brighten another teacher’s day

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Take a look at The Reading Zone’s Back-to-School Swap Idea. It’s a neat way to get to know someone else and to brighten the start of someone else’s school year.

Consider adding photos to your SOLS this week.

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for the SOLSC! Link your post here by using Mr. Linky and/or posting a comment. I added photos to my post this week, which I created on… Continue reading

Stacey’s SOLS

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Click on the image above to read the text. It starts at the top right and finishes at the bottom left corner of the page.

What are you chasing?

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Yesterday, Ruth wrote a post entitled “The Big Picture.” It reminded me of this quote from Mitch Albom’s Book Tuesdays with Morrie: “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem… Continue reading

Our 1,000th Post

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As I was moderating comments this morning, I realized that we’ve written 999 posts. OH MY GOSH! Since I’m big on milestones, I figured I’d write a special 1,000th Post this morning celebrating… Continue reading

Blog Carnival: Exchanging Units of Study

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Something strange happened last night… Ruth and I, who live 872 miles apart, were sitting at our respective computers writing about the same thing: units of study. Then, Patricia left a comment stating… Continue reading

M.M. is here!

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Link your memory or memoir to this one by using Mr. Linky.

Memoir Mondays: State Fair

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Segway Ride at the State Fair in Alaska Originally uploaded by teachergal Five years ago I found myself at the Alaska State Fair on a crisp August day. I was taken by the… Continue reading