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

Poll – Early Results

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From the looks of the poll I posted two days ago, it looks like people would like more posts about “units of study” and “using mentor texts” in writing classrooms. Since the poll… Continue reading

del.icio.us is now delicious

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Delicious, the social bookmarking website, recently went through a major overhaul, making it even more user-friendly. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, you can learn more by clicking here. I’ve been using Delicious… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: An Original Poem About the First Day of School (for a teacher)

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When It’s the First Day of School When it’s the first day of school, I’ll wake up before my alarm clock buzzes. When it’s the first day of school, I’ll bounce out of… Continue reading

PHOTO FRIDAYS: NYY vs. SOX

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I loved this guy’s shirt… so I took a photo! Originally uploaded by teachergal “You can take the girl out of NY, but you can’t take the NY out of the girl!” That’s… Continue reading

A Loss in the Writing Community

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David Price, a fifth grade teacher with a passion for the teaching of writing, passed away this past week. I heard the news via an e-mail from the TCRWP. I was shocked since… Continue reading

Translation Gadget

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I started a classroom blog for my in-coming class since it seemed easier than re-creating a new wiki. I’ve only posted a handful of times, but added a bunch of gadgets to the… Continue reading

The Gift of Sharing.

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May I just say what a gift it is when we share our writing with others? Today in the BWWT, we opened up an “Author’s Chair.” The readings were amazing. Some gave me… Continue reading

In Education News…

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One or two more of these “in the news” posts and I’m going to have to make this a weekly Wednesday feature. However, for now, I think it’s just a special <> (or… Continue reading

Please weigh-in!

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This poll will be open through August 20th, 2008. If you’d like to explain your vote in greater detail, then please leave a comment. THANKS!

The “Stuff” of My Summer Life: Collecting Ephemera

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Ruth wrote about “Collecting Ephemera,” earlier this week since she asked the teachers in the Workshop she’s leading to bring-in artifacts that represented who they are right now. Hence, I used her post… Continue reading

Writer’s Notebooks, Art Journals, Scrapbooking, Blogs???

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Liza Lee Miller said:  Okay . . . here’s a question for you. As a teacher, as a writer, as an artist . . . what is the difference between a Writer’s Workbook… Continue reading

Looking for Something?

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If you’re looking for information about a specific topic or a post you’ve seen in the past, you may want to use the search box in the top right corner, just under our… Continue reading

SOLS: Mine Forever.

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Prior to adult writing time, I read aloud Jamie Lee Curtis’ book, Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born.  Then, thinking about SOLSC today, I decided to attempt to write about… Continue reading

Ruth’s MM: A Safe Home

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The light-hearted air that usually surrounded me during the first day of summer vacation was missing. My mom and I sat on the floor of my bedroom, surrounded by all of the collected… Continue reading

My Thoughts on Writing.

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One of the initial writer’s notebook entries I ask that we create in the BWWT (I’m so sick of typing:  Beginning Writing Workshop Training) is to think about our past writing experiences.  Yesterday, here’s what… Continue reading

Beginning Writing Workshop Training: Day Two.

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I’ve posted two more slide presentations from the workshop today over on our Presentations Page. Below are links: Establishing a Community Getting Started with Focus Lessons I’m not sure how useful these will… Continue reading

Ruth said this… and I like it!

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Time For This Week’s SOLSC!

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I think Mr. Linky is working again… However, just to be sure, please leave a link to your Slice by commenting below. THANKS!

A Conferring Chart to Post in Your Classroom

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I’m sitting on the rug next to my desk creating charts for the new school year. There’s not much to create since many of my old ones are laminated. I came across this… Continue reading