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

Want your W.W. to run (nearly) seamlessly? If so, consider putting some or all of these structures in-place.

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Yesterday’s post about structures and routines scratched the surface. THIS post gets nitty-gritty with the structures I try to put in-place, with regard to Writing Workshop, every September. Transitions to and from the… Continue reading

Stacey’s SOLS: Color Palettes

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I walked into the paint store this morning to help a friend pick the perfect wall colors for her kitchen and family room. I walked out with lots and lots of paint chips…… Continue reading

Discovering New Technology You Can Use in Your Classroom or on Your Blog

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Dabbleboard is like an online white board. If one has an LCD Projector, then I can see this being a quick way to illustrate a concept that you want to preserve (instead of… Continue reading

What’s a “Conferring Scarf?”

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I wrote a post about structures and routines to teach kids in September within the context of Writing Workshop yesterday morning. There have been a few questions about “The Conferring Scarf.” Therefore, I… Continue reading

Recommended Professional Resources.

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Here are my recommendations for those new to Writing Workshop and wanting to jump in with both feet. Each of the books are recommended due to their easy organization and the impact they… Continue reading

Teacher Testimony: Christi Overman.

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Today, Christi Overman spoke to the teachers in the Beginning Writing Workshop Training. A year ago, Christi occupied a seat in the workshop. At the time she thought she would be teaching kindergarten… Continue reading

Stacey’s M.M. Post: Growing Up… Literally

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(I’m using Ruth’s “I Remember” Memoir Post from last week to help me set up my post today. I figured this would be a nice way to show how other teachers’ writing can… Continue reading

Collecting Ephemera.

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Today I asked a classroom of students to bring in artifacts from their lives.  I asked the classroom full of teachers to do the same.  I’m going to hunt for a few items… Continue reading

Beginning Training: Day One.

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Just a little FYI, to let you know that I posted a couple of the slide presentations from day one of the Beginning Writing Workshop Training. Here’s the link to the Presentations Page… Continue reading

Routines and Structures: Things to Teach Kids in September So Your Year Is a Breeze!

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I was doing some thinking this morning about the routines I’ll need to rehearse with my students this-coming September. My mind went from general (e.g., walking in the hallways, fire drills) to the… Continue reading

It’s “Memoir Mondays” Time!

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It’s Monday, so therefore it’s time for MEMOIR MONDAYS! Need inspiration? Just click here! NOTE: We’ve been having trouble with Mr. Linky, so if you’d like others to read your post, then please… Continue reading

Those Shoes: The Mentor Text Teaching Document

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I worked on the Reading-Writing Connections Document for Those Shoes until 12:30 a.m. Here are two examples of the way I set it up: Craft Move Page Number(s) Why the Author Might Be… Continue reading

A Lot of Slow to Grow.

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I love Eve Merriam’s work. Here is one of my favorites, which I will be sharing with the teachers attending the Beginning Workshop Training that starts Monday. A Lazy Thought By Eve Merriam… Continue reading

Scheduling Time for Yourself As the New School Year Approaches

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I just finished reading the July 2008 Issue of Real Simple, which I’ve been subscribing to for years. Since I didn’t start it until AUGUST, I realized that the cover story “More free… Continue reading

The Makings of a TRUE Mentor Text

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I realize I’m a bit late to the “Those Shoes Party,” which is a touching text written by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Those Shoes was published in 2007 and… Continue reading

“Day in a Sentence”: The Release of the Sentences

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Hosting “Day in a Sentence” has given me an opportunity to view new blogs from around the country (and world). I’m thrilled Kevin gave me the chance to host it here this week.… Continue reading

Inspiration

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A couple of weeks ago I found myself in my parents’ home staring at the inside of the door jam that leads to their laundry room. It still held the markings my father… Continue reading