A Labor of Love: Because My Students’ Lives and Experiences Matter

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Here’s what I’m working on now… Originally uploaded by teachergal Last year one of my fifth graders, Lauren, wrote a persuasive letter to a very large yearbook company’s CEO asking him to give… Continue reading

Ruth’s SS1 (Brian): I don’t wanna write.

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I don’t wanna write a student story, is the thought going through my mind right now (and because I live with two little girls there may even be a bit of a whine… Continue reading

Join Us for Our Newest Challenge: Student Stories!

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Today’s the day that our new writing challenge, Student Stories, begins. For more information about the types of writing you might want to do for this Challenge, click here. Once you’ve written your… Continue reading

Student Story #1: I Need to Hold Your Hand

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I’ve taught fourth or fifth grade in low-SES communities ever since I worked as a fifth grade teacher at P.S. 72 in Spanish Harlem when I was a graduate student completing my first… Continue reading

Summer Goals Meme — The Other Half.

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So here’s my part of the Summer Goals Meme.  Thanks Megan for making me think!   Complete my devotions each morning. Play and then play some more.  (I’m talking bikes and swing sets… Continue reading

Two Writing Teachers Turns One Today!

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1st blog birthday card to ruth Originally uploaded by teachergal One year ago, today, Ruth and I started this blog. For two months we wrote content and tried to finesse it so that… Continue reading

553 + Counting.

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The number of comments Ali Edwards has in her most recent post.  She is hosting a contest and to enter, people leave a comment with their “favorite tip to getting the words down… Continue reading

Story Telling in 104 Degree Heat

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Yesterday we headed to Massachusetts for our final field trip of the year. We were supposed to visit the Sculpture Park at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln. However, it was going to be… Continue reading

SOLSC: Lake + Cousins + Changes.

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  Sunday afternoon we rounded the bend and sunlight glittered off the lake.  “Oh my goodness!” a tiny voice whispered in the back.  We turned down the gravel lane, past the monsterous houses… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday, so that means it’s time for the

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Welcome to the second edition of the Slice of Life Story Challenge for the month of June. Please link your Slice of Life Story here by clicking on the link below.

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Collecting Memories

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Not so much a memoir post, but a post about collecting memories.  Soon after the girls arrived in our home a book arrived in my mail.  Photo Freedom by Stacy Julian has revolutionized… Continue reading

Favorite Genres

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One of the questions on my Year-End Writing Evaluation was “What was your favorite genre/unit of study this year and why?” All of the kids only choose three genres from a list of… Continue reading

Shifting Gears: From Drafting to Revision and Editing

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Poetry is one of my favorite genres to teach. I simply love the way the genre empowers ALL kids to have success with their words. (Quite frankly, I wish I could teach it… Continue reading

SOLSC: Multi-tasking

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THE BASICS: Late Saturday afternoon. On the elliptical rider. Listening to “Bombay Dreams” on my MP3. Watching the replay of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ‘Farewell’ Speech. THE BACK-STORY: When I was in college I… Continue reading

Summer Goals Meme

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Megan from Read, Read, Read tagged Ruth and I for a summer goals meme. I guess I’ll get to it for the Stacey part of “Stacey at Ruth at Two Writing Teachers.” Here… Continue reading

Memoir Mondays

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Please link your memoir post here by clicking on the image linky below.

Memoir Mondays: A Not-So-Great Idea

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There are things that I’ve done in the name of beauty… Using Summer Soliel in my hair as a teenager is one of those things. Waxing my brows is another. However, the dopiest… Continue reading

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Mentor Poems Lesson

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Starting My Poetry Craft Table Originally uploaded by teachergal Tomorrow, I’m doing some explicit instruction on identifying poetic tools in poems we admire and then trying to use those tools in our own… Continue reading

the big picture.

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Yesterday I received a note in snail mail from a former student who graduated this year.  Here is what it said, typed as closely as possible to the original: Thank you Mrs. Ayres,… Continue reading

All Chocked-Up

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Regular readers of this blog might remember how impressed I was with one of my students who artfully mentored her memoir after Cynthia Rylant last month. She’s also been writing some amazing poems… Continue reading