Stop & Look Around You: THAT’S WHAT WRITERS DO!

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I attended the Teachers College Summer Institute on the Teaching of Writing last week. I’ll be blogging about it A LOT in the days (probably weeks, since I have about 100 pages of… Continue reading

Ad Copywriting: A (New) Unit of Study Possibility

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Kids watch commercials on television all of the time. Most of the children I know can recite the jingles they hear on both television and on the radio. However, I’ve never thought of… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: A Poem About Strength

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. The Eagle and The Bear is a poem by David J. Pipkin. After having a trying day yesterday, this poem, which seems to be about strength, seemed appropriate for Poetry Friday. The… Continue reading

Revision a la Wordle

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I decided to put everyone’s definitions of revision together using Wordle. Click on the image to enlarge. If you like this image, feel free to use it, alongside or in addition to the… Continue reading

Ralph Fletcher on Memoir

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I had the privilege of hearing Ralph Fletcher speak about writing memoir today. He said a few things that resonated with me about why we write memoir and about how to create memorable… Continue reading

The Truth is what matters when we write. (The “T” is capitalized for a reason.)

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Ruth and I have were recently talking about the truth in our writing. We both recognized that honesty matters when we write. Writing is empty and vacant without the expression of honest emotions,… Continue reading

SOLS: Bedtime Ice Cream.

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At twenty-eight minutes before bedtime last night, I decided to be one cool mom and offer ice cream cones.  There were three takers.   I scooped three cones and we headed outside to the… Continue reading

How do you define the word revision?

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A few years ago I was given a simple, concrete definition of revision that I’ve used with my students: to see again. However, I’m curious… how do you describe what revision is in… Continue reading

The First SOLSC for July 2008

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Please link your slices here by using Mr. Linky and by posting a comment. We’re looking forward to reading your slices. (Here’s a snippet of mine, which talks about what precipitated my fall.)… Continue reading

Memoir Mondays… Here We Go!

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We’re so glad you joined us for the first MEMOIR MONDAY of July. Click on the Mr. Linky Image Linky & please leave a comment on this post so others can always find… Continue reading

M.M. Inspiration: Disaster Averted

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Have you ever done an activity with a family member or a group of kids where you thought, “Wow! I got lucky that worked!”??? That happened to me the first time I did… Continue reading

A Concrete Poem (of sorts) for Poetry Friday

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Happy Independence Day!

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Found this poem online and liked it! Hope you enjoy it too! FIREWORKS SPARKLING Fireworks, sparkling in the silvery sky Hot dogs roasting on the flaming fire Families all together, communicating together Smell… Continue reading

9 years.

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We’ve been happily married for nine years today.  What a joy!

Student Stories Anyone?

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It’s Thursday so that means it’s time for Student Stories.  Share a story of a student and a reflection about his/her impact on your teaching.  Then use Mr. Linky to connect with others.

Classroom Layout

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Layout of Classroom for 2008-09 Originally uploaded by teachergal Recently I blogged about the new layout I’m going to try out in my classroom this fall. I’ve gotten a few emails about this… Continue reading

a state of mind.

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I’ve realized that being a writer is about a state of mind — embracing the ebb and flow of inspiration and ideas and desire.  This little blog of ours began as a way… Continue reading

Some are older… Some are newer…

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My Summer (Professional) Reading Originally uploaded by teachergal These four books have been sitting in my bookshelf for the past year begging to be read. I’ve thumbed through Using Literature to Enhance Writing… Continue reading

First Day of School “Survival Kits”

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A Completed First Day of School Pouch Originally uploaded by teachergal Since my first year of teaching, I’ve placed survival kits on the kids’ desks to help them get through the first day… Continue reading

Hello Slicers!

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Link up with Mr. Linky & then leave a comment with the URL to your post.  Looking forward to reading your summer moments.