We’ve built a new page!

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Be sure to check out our new PRESENTATIONS Page. It includes presentations we’ve done in the past couple of years. Going-forward, after every presentation we do, we’ll post our Power Point Presentations and… Continue reading

A favorite end of the year activity: Words of Wisdom Bulletin Board

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It’s always amusing to see what kind of advice my students pass on to next year’s class. Here’s a picture of the Words of Wisdom Bulletin Board my students created for my incoming… Continue reading

Layout of Classroom for 2008-09

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I’ve taken this organizing thing to a whole new level… I reorganized my classroom without moving a thing! Later today a floor plan of our classroom needs to be given to our school’s… Continue reading

getting organized for next year

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Conferring Notebook Tabs Originally uploaded by teachergal Anyone who puts up next year’s bulletin boards before the school year ends will feel at-home when reading this post since that’s what I do since… Continue reading

Poetry Friday Submission: Kunitz

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I’m in with “The Layers” by Stanley Kunitz, who was Georgia Heard’s beloved Poetry Professor at Columbia. (For additional doses of Poetry Friday Poems, point your browser to Semicolon.) The Layers by Stanley… Continue reading

Please join us and submit a story for today’s challenge:

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Click on the image linky to link your story/post to us so others can be inspired by your writing.

Ruth’s Student Story: Arielle.

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One day I was packing my bag, getting ready to go to another school when I looked up to notice Arielle was still sitting at her desk, staring at me.  The rest of… Continue reading

Student Story #2: Lee-lah / Layla

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Lila (pronounced Lay-lah by her mom and Lee-lah by her) entered my fifth grade class in 2006 with a big, bright eyes and a tremendous smile. She was the kind of kid that… Continue reading

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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Memoir Mondays – Grandpa – 80th Bday

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