S.I.H. Class Starts Tomorrow

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Just a reminder, for those of you that signed up and will be joining Ruth and I (and probably 50,000 other people), that the Stories in Hand Class begins tomorrow. Make sure you… Continue reading

Religion & Publishing Celebrations

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Lisa posted a question that really got me thinking about something I’ve never faced in my classroom: parents whose religion does not allow their child to partake in celebrations of any kind. While… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: T.G.I.F.

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Thank goodness I’m home this Friday! I spent the past four weekends traveling to family events, conferences, etc. I’m so glad the week-end’s here. Hence, a T.G.I.F. Poem by Rusty Fischer. goes to… Continue reading

Fixing Up and Fancying Up

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Tonight I asked my first grade daughter, “What did you do in writing workshop today?” She beamed — literally beamed up at me with her toothless grin and said, “Oh Mom, it was… Continue reading

Graphic Organizer for Personal Essay Thesis Development

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I’ll be using this with my students tomorrow. Just wanted to share! The topic I would like to write my personal essay about is: _______________________________     The big thing I really want… Continue reading

Correcting vs. Revising

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I’ve been thinking about this post for a few weeks now.  I’ve heard teachers ask students to “fix” their writing when asking them to revise.  For some reason, this word — fix —… Continue reading

Anyone going to AERA in April?

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I just found out a proposal two of my instructors from Teachers College submitted to the 2009 AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting in San Diego got accepted. I will be presenting… Continue reading

Spelling Sites

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I tend not to focus much on spelling when I write about the teaching of writing. However, I’m well-aware that using conventions properly is extremely important. Each week, my students have eight personal… Continue reading

Just What Are PATCHES OF THOUGHT?

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Yesterday I was asked to expand “patches of thought” Essentially, patches of thought are little pieces of paper (could be index cards) on which students write mini-stories, lists, or other items that support… Continue reading

Stacey’s SOLS: Voting

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Showing-off My "I Voted" Sticker Originally uploaded by teachergal I woke up at 4:37 a.m. Nope, don’t have to be up yet, I thought. I turned over and attempted to go back to… Continue reading

Preserve a slice of the election, in writing, today.

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No one else in this world will have a story quite like yours on this historic Election Day. Consider writing it up and linking your Slice of Life Story HERE, today, on this… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: Vote!

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Imagine my surprise as I stood in line at 6:15 behind more than 40 others waiting to vote. I quickly began calculating . . . two booths . . . 3 minutes per… Continue reading

Old Photos

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After yesterday’s writing, I was reminded of something I read in Ralph Fletcher’s A Writer’s Notebook:  Unlocking the Writer Within You.  (Since this is the second reference for this book in less than… Continue reading

Memoir Monday: How things used to be.

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From my writer’s notebook yesterday: Today I came across an old mini-golf score card from when I beat Andy.  (This doesn’t happen very often, so I stuck it in my very first writer’s… Continue reading

Kids As Mentors

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I’m getting ready for Family-Teacher Conferences tomorrow. As I do, I’m putting together folders for each family, which includes the following things: A reading & word work assessment profile with each student’s score… Continue reading

M.M.: Election Memories

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I remember the Election of 1992 like it was yesterday. I was in tenth grade, just back from a summer program at Wellesley College where I studied the presidential election for three solid… Continue reading

Memoir Mondays

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pre-election missives or entries

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Many teachers have the kids write letters to their future selves at the start of the academic year (to be opened in June). I’ve never been one of those teachers, but I’m starting… Continue reading

She showed it to me!

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Great news! The student who I blogged about yesterday went home and did the first of the graphic organizers last night. WOO-HOO! She really did a nice job working within the structure I… Continue reading

Photo Fridays: Look Back, but Always Look Ahead

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A view from behind Originally uploaded by teachergal I’ve come to believe that once I make a decision, I should never look back. And quite frankly, I don’t. I stick with something once… Continue reading