Thinking About the 5.75 with the Lens of a Teacher of Writing

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The Jewish New Year of 5769 is rapidly approaching. (Hence the reason you won’t be reading much from me over the course of the next few days.) Therefore, I’ve been steeping my mind… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Taken from the End of the 5.75 Questions Video

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    This week Poetry Friday is hosted at The Miss Rumphius Effect. Next Friday, it’s here at Two Writing Teachers!

Inspiring Writers.

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My presentation, Inspiring Writers, is divided into a few different parts. First, a read aloud:     Second , the slide presentation: Inspiring Writers – Upload a Document to Scribd   Next a writer’s… Continue reading

Inspired Writers?

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Tonight I’m giving a presentation entitled:  Inspiring Writers.  I chose this title a month ago because I knew it was general enough to cover anything I may want to discuss.  For the past… Continue reading

Instead of fixing my kids’ spelling errors…

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Minimal Marking Originally uploaded by teachergal I’m trying a Vopat Editing Technique called “Minimal Markings.” It’s basically where you put check marks in the margin of a student’s paper, which signals them that… Continue reading

Discussion Forum.

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Woo-hoo, I’m going to be teaching my English 9 class in a 1:1 Classroom.  This means there is a computer for every student!  As you can imagine, the wheels are spinning about ways… Continue reading

Personal Narrative Texts.

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In many of the classrooms I’m working in, we are moving into a Personal Narrative study.  I asked teachers to gather books they would like to use to anchor their teaching.  Below is a… Continue reading

Memoir Monday: Sascha 1999 – 2008.

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From TWT_2  My dog died on Saturday around 5:30 pm.  Actually, it’s unfair to say my dog, because during the school year, she was Andy’s dog.  She was my dog during the summers.  It’s… Continue reading

Playing with Time

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Since my students are quickly publishing a small moment story this week, I only had one day (yesterday) to teach a revision strategy. I chose to teach them how to play with time,… Continue reading

Slice of Life Challenge

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Hi everyone! It’s time for the weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge. You may link your post here by clicking on the Image Linky below.

Paragraphing in Notebooks

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Today was the first day I checked my students’ Idea Notebooks, using the rubric I adapted from Buckner’s Book, since the school year began. The frequency with which the kids have been writing… Continue reading

My M.M. Post

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I was teaching my kids a developing strategy (i.e., using time lines before you draft) today and created a timeline of the last time I went to Yankee Stadium. (I was feeling sentimental… Continue reading

It’s just another Memoir Monday, oh-uh-wo…

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Somehow I have the Bangles’ song, “Manic Monday,” rattling around in my head this morning. Truth be told, I was under the weather most of the day yesterday and could use one more… Continue reading

Hard Work Should Be Celebrated

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Katherine Bomer talked about celebrations this past summer at the TCRWP July Writing Institute. As I was planning my News & Announcements Charts for the upcoming week today, I found myself wanting to… Continue reading

This is the only kind of jogging you’re going to see me do!

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Kevin, Creator of Day in a Sentence, used a new technology, Jog the Web, to showcase everyone’s posts this week. I was fascinated with the ease at which I was able to navigate… Continue reading

Reminder Sign

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New Sign by the Door Originally uploaded by teachergal I was on Etsy about two weeks ago and came across a customizable sign from K is for Calligraphy that would prevent me from… Continue reading

PHOTO FRIDAYS: An Almost-“Seinfeld” Moment

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The things I had to do for this challah! Originally uploaded by teachergal I was patiently waiting in line at the Hope Street Location of Seven Stars Bakery. I eyed the last challah,… Continue reading

Yo-Ho-Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me!

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Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day (link takes you to Wikipedia; here is the official site).  Next to Christmas, this may just be my favorite!  :)  A little known secret is that… Continue reading

Day in a Sentence as an Interrogative

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Kevin changed-up the “Day in a Sentence” Charge this week. He proposed reflected on your day/week as a question. So, here I am, trying to think about my week in terms of a… Continue reading

P.F.: Getting to Know the Teacher

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Where I’m From with notes Originally uploaded by teachergal When my former students and I published DEAL WITH IT! Powerful Words from Smart, Young Women in 2007, we decided to write “Where I’m… Continue reading