Using Asterisks

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During the demonstration of today’s minilesson I added asterisks to my WN Entry to show a flashback in time. I said something like, “I’m going to put some stars here, called asterisks, to… Continue reading

Do you write in the morning, around noon, or at night?

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Don Murray said: Write in the morning: Most writers write in the early morning before the world intrudes. They harvest the product of their subconscious. I realized, yesterday, that the homework assignments I’m… Continue reading

The Power of a Good List

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Naomi Leon keeps lists. Lots of them. However, she’s not real. Our students are real and quite frankly need to be taught the power in keeping lists. Over at my classroom blog, I’m… Continue reading

Stacey’s SOLSC & A Great Writing Conference Collide

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SOLSC for 091608 – Knowing the Right Thing to Say Originally uploaded by teachergal I had one of the most amazing early-in-the-school-year writing conferences today. The student literally pondered what she was working… Continue reading

Preview Our NCTE Presentation

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Ruth and I are getting ready for our presentation in San Antonio, which is just a couple of months away. We joined the NCTE 2008 Conference NING, where we’re posting an abridged version… Continue reading

Guiding Quotes.

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Today I taped these quotes on the front of my plan book for ninth grade English, which I’m teaching next trimester. It is not enough to be busy, the question is what are… Continue reading

It’s time for the Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Link your slice here by clicking on the image linky. :)

Article About Characters Who Write

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I just received the September 2008 Issue of The Reading Teacher. It’s already accumulating sticky notes, tabs, and dog-ears since it’s packed with a wealth of information. There’s an article I highly suggest… Continue reading

MEMOIR MONDAYS!!!

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It’s time for our weekly Memoir Mondays Meme. Please link your memoir-ish post to this one by using Mr. Linky.

Stacey’s Memoir Monday Post

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Looking at Your Place – Grandpa’s 80th Birthday0001 Originally uploaded by teachergal I’m teaching George Ella Lyon’s “Looking at Your Place” Lesson later today. Therefore, I thought it would be nice for me… Continue reading

Teaching Kids How to Create Plan Boxes

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Chart: Plan Boxes Originally uploaded by teachergal Thursday’s the day I’m going to teach my kids how to create a plan box. I created this chart as a scaffold for visual learners who… Continue reading

Sharing Lists of Emotions

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I did the strong emotions lesson (using Skittles) on Friday. My demonstration was way longer than it was supposed to be (on paper), but I felt that I needed to be exceedingly explicit… Continue reading

Grammar Instruction Can Be Fun!

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Grammar puzzles many kids. There are a myriad of reasons for this, which can range from being an English Language Learner to having a lack of direct instruction with regard to the teaching… Continue reading

Members Projects

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Get out the vote! I hope you’ll join me in supporting DonorsChoose by voting for them in the Members Project Competition, which is sponsored by American Express.

Poetry Friday: An Original Acrostic.

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With the start of the year, I’ve noticed several teachers having students use their names to make acrostic poems.  I was reminded of a post Stacey wrote * about encouraging meaning in acrostic… Continue reading

Tech Tools: Scribd

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The Reading Zone started using Scribd as a way to share documents she created with her blog readers. Even though I’m partial to Box.net for file sharing with my colleagues, I thought I’d… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: A Little Billy Collins For You

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Bonnie mentioned a Billy Collins Poem, “The Names,” in a comment she left yesterday. While he’s one of my favorite poets (new favorites), I have to admit that I didn’t know about this… Continue reading

Students vs. Assignments

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Recently I was reading the blog, Without Filters, a new favorite of mine in the blog-world.  I came across this touching post, “It’s Just a Leaf, Right?.” It’s about the author’s preschool son’s… Continue reading

WN Entry: I Am Amazed…

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I Am Amazed is written and illustrated by Jodi Hills. It’s a book that pays tribute to the people in our everyday lives that we often look past and recognizes the beauty within… Continue reading

Today’s WN Entry: Remember

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Seven years ago, today, I spent time with my writer’s notebook collecting bits and pieces of news releases, printed from the Internet.  Those pages in my writer’s notebook flood me with a gamut… Continue reading