Ruth’s SOLSC: Hello Summer.

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Waking up before the alarm, smiling, and easily getting out of bed.  This is the first indicator of summer.  Taking the time to make breakfast, sitting at the table to enjoy a conversation… Continue reading

The First SOLSC of June is Here!

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Welcome to the first edition of the Slice of Life Story Challenge for the month of June. You may link your Slices of Life here by clicking on the Mr. Linky Widget.

Stacey’s SOLSC (and it’s food-related… again)

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“Stace, we’re almost here,” I heard Marc say as I opened my eyes. I saw water on both sides of me. Ahead, it said “178th Street,” “Henry Hudson Parkway,” “Uptown,” “Downtown.” I knew… Continue reading

Ruth’s MM: Pizza Hut.

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Every Friday night my family went to Pizza Hut.  Oh yeah, Baby!  As I’ve gotten older and other pizza joints have come in and out of my life, I’ve never been as happy… Continue reading

The First M.M. of June

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Thanks for stopping by today. Regardless of whether you took our food charge or wrote a short memoir-like post without our inspiration, we’re glad you’re here to link your “Memoir Mondays” Post!

End of the Year Letters from Students to Me

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This year will be the third year that I’ve had my students write me letters right before I do their final report card. I’ve come to believe that these letters not only help… Continue reading

Thomas Sweet: The Evolution of My Blend-Ins

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My father began taking me to Thomas Sweet Ice Cream Shop when I was around six or seven years old. He introduced me to Blend-Ins, which is ice cream that is blended with… Continue reading

Teaching Figurative Language with Mentor Poems

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I was conferring with one of my students in Writing Workshop yesterday and quickly found, as I researched, my compliment (meaningful line breaks while drafting) and teaching point (using figurative language, specifically similes).… Continue reading

“Memoir Mondays” Inspiration

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Is there a place you have been eating at for years… by yourself or with family? Is it a place you come back to for comfort food again and again? Have you celebrated… Continue reading

thinking things through.

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The past week of my professional life has been dedicated to meeting with teachers and reflecting on their writing workshops. The gist of our meetings involves discussing successes and general good stuff happening… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: An Original

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The Climbing Tree Branches sturdy old A deep hole for your foot As you hoist yourself upwards you can see all the buds blossoming –Stacey, May 2008 This week Poetry Friday is being… Continue reading

There Isn’t Time… The Gates Are Closing… Teaching ’til the End…

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Next Week: Agh!!!!!!!!!!! Originally uploaded by teachergal Farjeon wrote a poem called “There Isn’t Time,” which has always resonated with me since I try to multi-task all of the time — sometimes successfully… Continue reading

The Queen of Forms Page Led Me to Create This!

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elementary school version of the end of the year reflection tool that ruth created Originally uploaded by teachergal I went to Ruth’s Queen of Forms Page, as per her earlier post today, to… Continue reading

What Really Matters: This Post Was Inspired by My Amazing Co-Blogger RUTH!

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Last summer I took a course at T.C.’s Reading Institute with Kyleene Beers. She gave us a copy of her book Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise Into Practice. As I read parts of it,… Continue reading

remember this.

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From time to time I check in on Sara Holbrook’s blog.  Today I was shocked and saddened by the death of her 7 year old granddaughter earlier this month.  I was also touched by… Continue reading

end of the year student reflection.

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Last week I posted an end of the year refection for teachers to use to assess their writing workshops.  I also believe it’s important for students to do this same sort of work. … Continue reading

Read Alouds That Support the Writing Curriculum, IRA Books, & Touchstone Texts

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I’ve been working on updating the list of books I’ve read to my kids this year since I think it’s good to keep a list, of sorts. I have the book covers photocopied… Continue reading

Book-Borrowing Cards, Paint Stirrers, Binders… NOTHING WORKS!

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Cleaned-Up Classroom Library Originally uploaded by teachergal Yesterday morning V came to me and asked, “Can I stay up at lunch with you to fix the classroom library?” I paused. Was I really… Continue reading

what really matters?

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I know teachers are not supposed to have favorites. Still, I have three. I wrote about one back in November and had plans to write about the others. Funny how time gets away,… Continue reading

Today’s Graduates: The Millennials

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Found this clip from 60 Minutes on Lessons from the Scrapbook Page.  I think it’s quite insightful and would love to “hear” your comments.  Enjoy having your thinking pushed a bit.  :) Here’s… Continue reading