Meta-Language for Talking About Texts

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I was just reviewing my notes from the course I took with Lucy at the TCRWP Summer Writing Institute last month. I came across a page of notes I took where Lucy summarized… Continue reading

SOLSC: Here We Go!

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I know a lot of regular Slice of Life Story Challenge Participants are out-of-town this week. However, we’re still hosting, so if you’ve written a slice, then link it here by clicking on… Continue reading

Stacey’s Slice of Life from a Fantastic Day at Jacob’s Pillow

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SOLSC for 081208 Originally uploaded by teachergal Anyone who participated in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge will likely remember the Golf Caddy/Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival ‘Bet.’ To that end, I finally… Continue reading

Statement of the Team’s Purpose

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When Ruth and I wrote the mission statement for Two Writing Teachers (TWT), it was – in a word – hard. It’s tough to boil-down the purpose for doing something. After many iterations,… Continue reading

Letters to the Next President

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FYI: The National Writing Project and Google are sponsoring a letter-writing campaign for high school students to send letters to the presidential candidates. (WHY NOT ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLERS? I wish I knew!)… Continue reading

Personalized Plan Books

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This past March my plan book fell apart. Therefore, I created a new one on Winkflash, which had a special ($19.99 for a 100 pg. hardcover book). I don’t think Winkflash has that… Continue reading

Time for Memories

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Link your memoir-like post to this one by leaving your link with Mr. Linky. Feel free to leave a comment too.

Stacey’s Memoir Mondays Post: Chanukkah & Old Friends

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Chanukkah 1996 Originally uploaded by teachergal I threw my first of many Chanukkah Parties in my Washington Studio Apartment when I was 19 years old. I invited friends, Jewish and non-Jewish, over to… Continue reading

Notebooks: What Kind? Division of Sections?

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Ro asked: I’m thinking about my launching unit for W.W and writer’s notebooks. Do you have kids section off their notebooks for minilessons/charts or do you leave it up to them? Last year… Continue reading

M.M. Inspiration: “Old Friends”

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An optional charge for August 11th’s Memoir Monday… I was thinking about some of my lifelong friends I made in college the other day. There are four (Lori, Marc – not my husband… Continue reading

Poll – Early Results

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From the looks of the poll I posted two days ago, it looks like people would like more posts about “units of study” and “using mentor texts” in writing classrooms. Since the poll… Continue reading

del.icio.us is now delicious

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Delicious, the social bookmarking website, recently went through a major overhaul, making it even more user-friendly. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, you can learn more by clicking here. I’ve been using Delicious… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: An Original Poem About the First Day of School (for a teacher)

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When It’s the First Day of School When it’s the first day of school, I’ll wake up before my alarm clock buzzes. When it’s the first day of school, I’ll bounce out of… Continue reading

PHOTO FRIDAYS: NYY vs. SOX

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I loved this guy’s shirt… so I took a photo! Originally uploaded by teachergal “You can take the girl out of NY, but you can’t take the NY out of the girl!” That’s… Continue reading

A Loss in the Writing Community

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David Price, a fifth grade teacher with a passion for the teaching of writing, passed away this past week. I heard the news via an e-mail from the TCRWP. I was shocked since… Continue reading

Translation Gadget

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I started a classroom blog for my in-coming class since it seemed easier than re-creating a new wiki. I’ve only posted a handful of times, but added a bunch of gadgets to the… Continue reading

The Gift of Sharing.

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May I just say what a gift it is when we share our writing with others? Today in the BWWT, we opened up an “Author’s Chair.” The readings were amazing. Some gave me… Continue reading

In Education News…

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One or two more of these “in the news” posts and I’m going to have to make this a weekly Wednesday feature. However, for now, I think it’s just a special <> (or… Continue reading

Please weigh-in!

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This poll will be open through August 20th, 2008. If you’d like to explain your vote in greater detail, then please leave a comment. THANKS!

The “Stuff” of My Summer Life: Collecting Ephemera

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Ruth wrote about “Collecting Ephemera,” earlier this week since she asked the teachers in the Workshop she’s leading to bring-in artifacts that represented who they are right now. Hence, I used her post… Continue reading