Inspiration for Tomorrow’s M.M.

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Looking for some inspiration to help you write a memoir-like post for tomorrow’s MEMOIR MONDAYS Challenge? Well, here is something to think about… Think back to a time in your life when you… Continue reading

How to Make Conferring Better in Our Classrooms

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Conferring Tips from C.A. Originally uploaded by teachergal Carl Anderson delivered an excellent keynote address at the TCRWP’s Writing Institute, which I attended a couple of weeks ago. It was called, “So You… Continue reading

wanna new font?

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Maybe some of you out there are as crazy about fonts as Stacey and I?  If so, check out today’s post on Sprague Lab called Font-o-licious!  Jessica Sprague has provided a tutorial for… Continue reading

Getting ready to send…

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…handmade welcome cards to all of my students. This is what the backs of them look like: I kept it simple this year… a short note about me being their teacher and how… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: A Carl Sandburg Poem

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This week Kelly Fineman is hosting Poetry Friday. Even though it’s pretty hot and sticky outside during the day, there’s something wonderful about the summer nights we’ve been having. The following poem, by… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: Giggles.

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Tonight, while Andy cooked dinner and I continued my recovery, we sent the kids upstairs to play. The monitor was on and it was filling the entire downstairs with giggles. They were having… Continue reading

Day in a Sentence

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My Day in a Sentence: I cannot figure out why I ruined a perfectly good pedicure by walking over three miles in dressy sandals. Want to participate in Kevin’s “Day in a Sentence”… Continue reading

Getting Started with My Territories

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I decided it was time for me to start doing the work I’m going to ask my students to do this fall with regard to mapping their writing territories. The following photo includes… Continue reading

Sad… Sometimes it’s more precise than you think!

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Last week, during the Writing Institute, Lucy stressed the impotance of writing with precise language since that enhances meaning. I was shocked when she said that sometimes “I felt bad,” in a kid’s… Continue reading

It’s time for the…

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Where do you write?

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Rick’s post about writing and thinking spaces made me recall my college years in Washington. I used to go to the National Gallery of Art before every history exam (My minor was History.)… Continue reading

SOLSC: Transported back in time

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The Band Originally uploaded by teachergal The 25th Festival Italiano took place in Westport over the weekend. There were carnival games and lots of greasy foods. There was also live music. Emil Stucchio… Continue reading

Heart Mapping & Writing Territories

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I’ve been having my students map their hearts, to help them generate ideas for writing, when they’re stuck, for as long as I’ve been teaching. However, last week when I was at the… Continue reading

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Stacey’s MM Post

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I remember giggling about it with my cousin Jared about three years ago. I remember shaking my head in disbelief when I heard her say, “This is going to be my last trip… Continue reading

A Class

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With some of my hard-earned (wink,wink) birthday money, I decided to sign up for a class to fuel my creativity and help me get a bit of perspective on this whole parenting, living,… Continue reading

READING/WRITING CONNECTIONS: If you want to teach writing really well, know a few picture books really well and use them when you confer.

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On the final day of the Writing Institute, both Carl and Lucy spent some time reiterating the importance of knowing a few texts REALLY WELL so you can use the same book with… Continue reading

Qualities of Good Writing

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I spent last week at the Teachers College Writing Institute. I was lucky enough to get into advanced sections with Carl Anderson and Lucy Calkins, who both pushed my thinking. With 103 pages… Continue reading

An Idea from the TeachingHeart Listserv

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I’ve been subscribing to the TeachingHeart K-4 Listserv for the past few months. I found a neat idea on it when it arrived in my inbox an hour ago. It involves using VistaPrint… Continue reading

A Charge for 7/14’s Memoir Monday

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If you’re looking for inspiration for this-coming MEMOIR MONDAYS CHALLENGE, then here is something to get your mind going: Think of a “mundane” family story that holds meaning or value to you and… Continue reading