The Essence of Workshop Teaching

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I woke up early this morning and decided to get started on the PPT for my presentation at the 2008 Fall NEATE Conference in Nashua, NH. The title is, “INSPIRING CHILDREN TO WRITE:… Continue reading

Some photos

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In case you’re interested to see some photos from our little reunion in Indiana, they’re in the digital scrapbook below. Make a Smilebox scrapbook

Literacy Gifts

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Jen, Sarah, and Ruth gave me some fantastic ideas about ways to make the launch of writer’s notebooks and using the classroom library more exciting for children in September. I thought their ideas… Continue reading

M.M. Inspiration

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I think nearly all of the Memoir Mondays participants are teachers. Hence, the reason my weekly charges are just for inspiration in case you need help coming up with an idea. I was… Continue reading

For Art’s Sake!!!

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Whenever I think of an art-related activity to do with my students that isn’t an actual craft project, I always ask myself, “Will they get something out of this or am I doing… Continue reading

The wrecking has begun!

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Ruth gave me a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith when I arrived in Indiana. Essentially, the purpose of this book is to explore “creative destruction,” which is totally new to… Continue reading

Meeting Areas in Upper Elementary Classrooms

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Ro left a comment a couple of days ago asking about meeting areas in upper elementary school classrooms. I’ve been corresponding with her, but thought that it might be useful to open up… Continue reading

WE DID IT!!!

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TWT on Two Computers at Courthouse Coffee Originally uploaded by teachergal As you know, Ruth and I got together to work on our presentation for NCTE this past week. Now that I’m back… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: An Hommage to My Co-Blogger’s Home State

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The Official Poem of Indiana, which is written by Arthur Franklin Mapes: “Indiana” God crowned her hills with beauty, Gave her lakes and winding streams, Then He edged them all with woodlands As… Continue reading

Photo Fridays: An Opportunity to Write About Photographs

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Late Sunset over Lake Winona Originally uploaded by teachergal I marveled, twice, about the fact that the sun sets later in Indiana than it does in Rhode Island (i.e. because it’s on the… Continue reading

Dinner with the Indiana Blogging Teachers

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L-R: Christi, Ruth, Me, Jen, Sarah, & Cathy Originally uploaded by teachergal I just returned home after spending the past thee days in Indiana, with Ruth, preparing for our presentation at NCTE this-coming… Continue reading

Teaching Craft to Kids

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I was perusing the Heinemann and Stenhouse Websites today looking for new books about the teaching of writing. I came across a text by Elizabeth Hale entitled Crafting Writers K-6. Like other new… Continue reading

Remember to Celebrate!

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Publishing Party – October 2004, originally uploaded by teachergal. Katherine Bomer spoke about the celebrating the work our young writers do when she delivered the Keynote Address at the TCRWP July Writing Institute.… Continue reading

This week’s Day in a Sentence

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My Day in a Sentence: I’m ready to spend hours working hard, and having fun, with Ruth preparing for NCTE. Kevin’s hosting Day in a Sentence this week, but next week, WE ARE!… Continue reading

It’s time for the SOLSC!

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Stacey’s SOLS: Almost Skunked

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Not so long ago, in a land called Connecticut… OR Once upon a time, when we were driving up to my in-law’s home… Doesn’t that sound tranquil? Well, it should’ve been, but it… Continue reading

Ruth’s MM: My Brother.

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Last night I was looking through some of my original posts, trying to find the words to match a picture.  Along the way, I ran across this post about when my brother and… Continue reading

It’s Memoir Monday!

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Sharing in Writing Workshop

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I just received a mailing from my school over the weekend with our summer professional reading. There’s an excerpt from The Art of Teaching Reading, as well as a copy of Leah Mermelstein‘s… Continue reading

Stacey’s M.M. Post: THIS BODY CLIMBED MT. WASHINGTON!

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Summit of Mt. Washington Originally uploaded by teachergal “This Body Climbed Mt. Washington.” It’s a t-shirt I was so proud of wearing on my teenage body for years. It stood for everything I… Continue reading