M.M. Inspiration/Charge

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Grandpa seemed startled when we arrived! Originally uploaded by teachergal I love surprising people, especially family members. Hence, when I looked through my Grandma’s photo album this morning (I’m in the midst of… Continue reading

Making a List. Checking It Twice.

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I created a large checklist, which I’m going to post in the classroom on Monday, to help my students get ready for Tuesday afternoon’s Poetry Publishing Party. I realized yesterday, when I saw… Continue reading

Basic 411 on the Presidential Candidates and Education

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Check out this CNN Overview on McCain and Obama’s Stances on Education.

Flipping My Schedule Upside Down

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Today might be one of a handful of times I will ever teaching Writing Workshop after lunch when my kids come back from dance. (I LOVE teaching writing in the morning. When I… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: JBKO

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The Last Poetry Friday of the 2007-08 School Year Originally uploaded by teachergal Caroline Kennedy put together one of my favorite anthologies of poems, A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children,… Continue reading

WN Entry: How does one make sense of this statement: “He was his parents’ only child.”

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A couple of weeks ago Ruth and I were on the phone when her husband came into the room and told her there was a tornado that touched down about 20 miles away.… Continue reading

A Labor of Love: Because My Students’ Lives and Experiences Matter

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Here’s what I’m working on now… Originally uploaded by teachergal Last year one of my fifth graders, Lauren, wrote a persuasive letter to a very large yearbook company’s CEO asking him to give… Continue reading

Ruth’s SS1 (Brian): I don’t wanna write.

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I don’t wanna write a student story, is the thought going through my mind right now (and because I live with two little girls there may even be a bit of a whine… Continue reading

Join Us for Our Newest Challenge: Student Stories!

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Today’s the day that our new writing challenge, Student Stories, begins. For more information about the types of writing you might want to do for this Challenge, click here. Once you’ve written your… Continue reading

Student Story #1: I Need to Hold Your Hand

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I’ve taught fourth or fifth grade in low-SES communities ever since I worked as a fifth grade teacher at P.S. 72 in Spanish Harlem when I was a graduate student completing my first… Continue reading

Summer Goals Meme — The Other Half.

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So here’s my part of the Summer Goals Meme.  Thanks Megan for making me think!   Complete my devotions each morning. Play and then play some more.  (I’m talking bikes and swing sets… Continue reading

Two Writing Teachers Turns One Today!

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1st blog birthday card to ruth Originally uploaded by teachergal One year ago, today, Ruth and I started this blog. For two months we wrote content and tried to finesse it so that… Continue reading

553 + Counting.

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The number of comments Ali Edwards has in her most recent post.  She is hosting a contest and to enter, people leave a comment with their “favorite tip to getting the words down… Continue reading

Story Telling in 104 Degree Heat

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Yesterday we headed to Massachusetts for our final field trip of the year. We were supposed to visit the Sculpture Park at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln. However, it was going to be… Continue reading

SOLSC: Lake + Cousins + Changes.

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  Sunday afternoon we rounded the bend and sunlight glittered off the lake.  “Oh my goodness!” a tiny voice whispered in the back.  We turned down the gravel lane, past the monsterous houses… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday, so that means it’s time for the

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Welcome to the second 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.

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Collecting Memories

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Not so much a memoir post, but a post about collecting memories.  Soon after the girls arrived in our home a book arrived in my mail.  Photo Freedom by Stacy Julian has revolutionized… Continue reading

Favorite Genres

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One of the questions on my Year-End Writing Evaluation was “What was your favorite genre/unit of study this year and why?” All of the kids only choose three genres from a list of… Continue reading

Shifting Gears: From Drafting to Revision and Editing

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Poetry is one of my favorite genres to teach. I simply love the way the genre empowers ALL kids to have success with their words. (Quite frankly, I wish I could teach it… Continue reading

SOLSC: Multi-tasking

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THE BASICS: Late Saturday afternoon. On the elliptical rider. Listening to “Bombay Dreams” on my MP3. Watching the replay of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ‘Farewell’ Speech. THE BACK-STORY: When I was in college I… Continue reading