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

A Simple Thank You Note

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Four of my students took charge of the library problem in my classroom today when my kids purged their desks of everything. Over 50 books were missing and they were not happy. They… Continue reading

I can’t believe how well their projects turned out!

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Check out the highlights from the “Get a Reading Life” Independent Reading Project Slide Show below. (My kids blew me away today with their creativity.)

We’re going to Manhattan today!

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Not literally, but I’m transporting my kids there through read alouds and through a PowerPoint Presentation I created of various neighborhoods and landmarks in Manhattan. The books we’re reading today, as part of… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLSC: Baseball.

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The All-American past-time — Baseball; it certainly is popular around our home.  It is the only sport that presents our house divided.  Cardinals or Cubbies — com’on kids, which is it gonna be?  Little… Continue reading

Time to Share Your Slices of Life Stories

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Welcome to the third 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.

SOLSC: The Perfect “Gift”

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Last week, on the day I taught my students how to write letter poems by showing them Brod Bagert’s Poem “The Poem on My Pillow,” one of my students came up to me… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Austin

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Austin, who I began babysitting when he was 6 months old and continued daily for the next five years, graduated from high school this year.  Throughout my eighth grade year until I graduated… Continue reading

Summer Challenge Packets Go Home W/My Kids Today

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My students’ Summer Literacy Challenge Packets are sitting in their mailboxes this morning, ready-to-go. I included a notebook, a pencil, a sticker, and two postage-paid, pre-addressed envelopes so that the kids will be… Continue reading

It’s the Memoir Monday this Month. C’mon in!

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Click on the image linky to link your memoir-related post to this one. :)

Memoir Mondays – Grandpa – 80th Bday

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Memoir Mondays – Grandpa – 80th Bday, originally uploaded by teachergal.

Tim Russert… White Boards… Respect for Low-Tech Teaching…

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Most Sunday mornings, I can be found watching “Meet the Press.” This Sunday morning I watched “Meet the Press,” but not really, since Russert’s chair was empty. As I’m sure you know by… Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day.

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May your day be filled with memories.  Whether you are missing someone, playing with someone, longing to be with someone, or waiting for someone — I wish you a day filled with capturing… Continue reading

M.M. Inspiration/Charge

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Grandpa seemed startled when we arrived! Originally uploaded by teachergal I love surprising people, especially family members. Hence, when I looked through my Grandma’s photo album this morning (I’m in the midst of… Continue reading

Making a List. Checking It Twice.

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I created a large checklist, which I’m going to post in the classroom on Monday, to help my students get ready for Tuesday afternoon’s Poetry Publishing Party. I realized yesterday, when I saw… Continue reading

Basic 411 on the Presidential Candidates and Education

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Check out this CNN Overview on McCain and Obama’s Stances on Education.

Flipping My Schedule Upside Down

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Today might be one of a handful of times I will ever teaching Writing Workshop after lunch when my kids come back from dance. (I LOVE teaching writing in the morning. When I… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: JBKO

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The Last Poetry Friday of the 2007-08 School Year Originally uploaded by teachergal Caroline Kennedy put together one of my favorite anthologies of poems, A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children,… Continue reading

WN Entry: How does one make sense of this statement: “He was his parents’ only child.”

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A couple of weeks ago Ruth and I were on the phone when her husband came into the room and told her there was a tornado that touched down about 20 miles away.… Continue reading