Looking for more information about our three weekly challenges?

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We’ve changed our Slice of Life Challenge Page to a generic Challenge Page, where you can find more information about the following: Memoir Mondays (Every Monday — just like the name says!) Slice… Continue reading

Stacey’s SOLSC: Six Months

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I heard a knock upon our door. I didn’t get up. Then, the keys turned in the lock. It was Marc. I didn’t get up because I was scanning something with chipboard, therefore… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLSC: A Walk Through Campus.

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I loved (and I mean lovedlovedloved) walking through IU’s campus.  It was the most gorgeous, meaningful, life changing walk I’ve ever taken. I remember the first time, feeling so small, wondering if I… Continue reading

Reading [Student Writing] Like an Artist.

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This was the title of Katherine Bomer’s keynote speech which she gave at 9 am this morning. Katherine was inspiring and uplifting and simply amazing. Anyone who has read this blog for any… Continue reading

All-Write Summer Institute 2008: Day One

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Today I’ve been able to soak up thinking and ideas and general good stuff from: Penny Kittle. Lester Laminack. Katherine Bomer. My, oh my! To say my brain is swirling would be an… Continue reading

It’s that time again! Memoir Mondays Challenge: It’s Here!

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Don’t need inspiration? Already wrote your post? Link it here by clicking on the Image Linky. Need some inspiration? Go ahead and look at the charge I posted yesterday.

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: High School Graduation

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I spent the week leading up to my high school graduation begging my mom for a new outfit.  You don’t need a new outfit, it’ll be covered by your gown, she told me… Continue reading

MEMOIR MONDAYS: Graduating on the Big Stage

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Hunter College Graduation at Radio City Music Hall – June 2004 Originally uploaded by teachergal High School Graduation: Princeton, NJ [The (grassy) Mall on Campus] College Graduation: Washington, DC [The Smith Center] First… Continue reading

Wordle (Word Cloud Generator)

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Kevin just informed me about Wordle. I tried it out with some of our most used categories and created this image: Try it out… you can paste any words into the application window… Continue reading

Memoir Monday: Inspiration (if you need/want it)

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Think back to a graduation you can remember: middle school, high school, college, graduate school, or even your pre-k stepping-up ceremony (Personally I don’t remember the last one!). Write about how you felt… Continue reading

We’ve built a new page!

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Be sure to check out our new PRESENTATIONS Page. It includes presentations we’ve done in the past couple of years. Going-forward, after every presentation we do, we’ll post our Power Point Presentations and… Continue reading

A favorite end of the year activity: Words of Wisdom Bulletin Board

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It’s always amusing to see what kind of advice my students pass on to next year’s class. Here’s a picture of the Words of Wisdom Bulletin Board my students created for my incoming… Continue reading

Layout of Classroom for 2008-09

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I’ve taken this organizing thing to a whole new level… I reorganized my classroom without moving a thing! Later today a floor plan of our classroom needs to be given to our school’s… Continue reading

getting organized for next year

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Conferring Notebook Tabs Originally uploaded by teachergal Anyone who puts up next year’s bulletin boards before the school year ends will feel at-home when reading this post since that’s what I do since… Continue reading

Poetry Friday Submission: Kunitz

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I’m in with “The Layers” by Stanley Kunitz, who was Georgia Heard’s beloved Poetry Professor at Columbia. (For additional doses of Poetry Friday Poems, point your browser to Semicolon.) The Layers by Stanley… Continue reading

Please join us and submit a story for today’s challenge:

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Click on the image linky to link your story/post to us so others can be inspired by your writing.

Ruth’s Student Story: Arielle.

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One day I was packing my bag, getting ready to go to another school when I looked up to notice Arielle was still sitting at her desk, staring at me.  The rest of… Continue reading

Student Story #2: Lee-lah / Layla

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Lila (pronounced Lay-lah by her mom and Lee-lah by her) entered my fifth grade class in 2006 with a big, bright eyes and a tremendous smile. She was the kind of kid that… Continue reading

My Last Day of the School Year is Today…

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It teaches precise details… AND it’s missing!

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My copy of When It’s the Last Day of School by Maribeth Boelts is missing. With the end of the school year being tomorrow, I’m a bit frantic about finding it. I’m sure… Continue reading