Poetry Friday: An Original

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The Climbing Tree Branches sturdy old A deep hole for your foot As you hoist yourself upwards you can see all the buds blossoming –Stacey, May 2008 This week Poetry Friday is being… Continue reading

There Isn’t Time… The Gates Are Closing… Teaching ’til the End…

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Next Week: Agh!!!!!!!!!!! Originally uploaded by teachergal Farjeon wrote a poem called “There Isn’t Time,” which has always resonated with me since I try to multi-task all of the time — sometimes successfully… Continue reading

The Queen of Forms Page Led Me to Create This!

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elementary school version of the end of the year reflection tool that ruth created Originally uploaded by teachergal I went to Ruth’s Queen of Forms Page, as per her earlier post today, to… Continue reading

What Really Matters: This Post Was Inspired by My Amazing Co-Blogger RUTH!

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Last summer I took a course at T.C.’s Reading Institute with Kyleene Beers. She gave us a copy of her book Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise Into Practice. As I read parts of it,… Continue reading

remember this.

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From time to time I check in on Sara Holbrook’s blog.  Today I was shocked and saddened by the death of her 7 year old granddaughter earlier this month.  I was also touched by… Continue reading

end of the year student reflection.

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Last week I posted an end of the year refection for teachers to use to assess their writing workshops.  I also believe it’s important for students to do this same sort of work. … Continue reading

Read Alouds That Support the Writing Curriculum, IRA Books, & Touchstone Texts

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I’ve been working on updating the list of books I’ve read to my kids this year since I think it’s good to keep a list, of sorts. I have the book covers photocopied… Continue reading

Book-Borrowing Cards, Paint Stirrers, Binders… NOTHING WORKS!

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Cleaned-Up Classroom Library Originally uploaded by teachergal Yesterday morning V came to me and asked, “Can I stay up at lunch with you to fix the classroom library?” I paused. Was I really… Continue reading

what really matters?

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I know teachers are not supposed to have favorites. Still, I have three. I wrote about one back in November and had plans to write about the others. Funny how time gets away,… Continue reading

Today’s Graduates: The Millennials

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Found this clip from 60 Minutes on Lessons from the Scrapbook Page.  I think it’s quite insightful and would love to “hear” your comments.  Enjoy having your thinking pushed a bit.  :) Here’s… Continue reading

Writing Thank You Notes

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The art of a thank you note… Miss Annechini, my sixth grade teacher, taught us how to write “Bread and Butter Notes,” which has stuck with me for years. However, for years before… Continue reading

The Last SOLSC of May

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It’s time to link your Slice of Life Story to this post by using this Mr. Linky Widget: Invite someone new into the SOLSC Community this week by commenting on their blog and… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: A Place

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When we first started Two Writing Teachers, we kept it private for a bit.  We wrote and analyzed, wrote and discussed, wrote and tweaked and wrote some more.  Then we launched it.  One… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLSC: Keeping Company.

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Sunday morning the little voice came to me through the monitor, “Momma, I’m uuuupppp.”  Since I was single-parenting-it (due to some massive sporting event in Indy that my husband was attending) and had just… Continue reading

SOLSC: Crepes

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Yummy Crepe Toppings Originally uploaded by teachergal We were walking around Newport on Saturday and Marc started craving, of all things, a crepe, after we passed a small creperie. I said, “I’ll make… Continue reading

Syllables, Diagramming Sentences, and Other Thoughts

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I recall clapping out the syllables to words when I was very young. Did it help me as a writer? Probably? I mean, I know where to hyphenate a word when I’m actually… Continue reading

Tomorrow’s Mid-Workshop Teaching Point will be about…

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LINE BREAKS!!!!! So important and so mystifying for kids who are just starting to write poetry. They see them all the time, they know what they are, but they don’t use them when… Continue reading

A Memoir Monday Post in Pictures

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Make a Smilebox scrapbook Want to read more Memoir Mondays posts? Just click here.

M.O.O.S.E.

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A Moose in Alaska Originally uploaded by teachergal Someone who reads this blog has gotta know the answer to this question… If you do, then PLEASE leave a comment! I recently heard of… Continue reading

It’s Memoir Monday!

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Link your memory-related post to this post by using Mr. Linky. Not sure what to write about today? Just click here for a dollop of inspiration. We’re looking forward to reading all of… Continue reading