Upcoming Inspiration for M.M.

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I was this close to going to the RI State Fair this evening. However, my husband looked at me, after viewing the website and said, “I don’t think I want to go.” I… Continue reading

Literacy Bags

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Trying to find a convenient way to keep your students’ Reading and Writing Workshop Materials together? Don’t want to buy something for them to use at-home and in-school? If you answered “yes” to… Continue reading

Getting Everything Absolutely Ready (G.E.A.R. Binders)

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My fourth grade colleagues and I decided to use M.O.O.S.E. Binders with our students this year. However, we changed the name to G.E.A.R., which stands for “Getting Everything Absolutely Ready.” Here’s what a… Continue reading

This Year’s Launching Unit

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Yesterday was our day to work on Writing Workshop at our school’s Summer Institute. My colleagues and I revised our launching unit from last year since it was filled with too many collecting… Continue reading

P.F.: Farjeon

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When I looked at my to-do list for today, a Summer Friday, a day I am not working, I realized that it’s too ambitious and unrealistic. Hence, this poem from Eleanor Farjeon: There… Continue reading

Photo Fridays: A Peek Into My Work Space

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A Messy Desk is a Sign of… Originally uploaded by teachergal Last Friday I returned home from six weeks away. I went on vacation for a week and then spent five more in… Continue reading

High-Tech Timer

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Need a timer so your students know a minilesson or share session is about to begin? Fun2TeachandLearn provided information about a computerized screen timer, which is perfect for use with a computer and… Continue reading

Keeping Records

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Strategy Lesson Record Sheet Originally uploaded by teachergal It’s always been tedious recording the teaching point from strategy lessons on three – five kids’ conference record sheets every time I conduct a strategy… Continue reading

They’re Going to Have Gifts To Open…

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These are the Moleskine Notebooks that I’m giving my students during the first week of school to use for on-the-go writing, Slice of Life Stories, ephemera, and much more. IDEA NOTEBOOK INTERIOR DECORATION… Continue reading

Just a few days left to take this poll!

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51 people have voted as of 9:30 p.m. today, 8/12. However, this poll is open through August 20th, 2008. We’d love to have your input! NOTE: If you’d like to explain your vote… Continue reading

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