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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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

Poetry: 50 Stories Above the Surface

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Prudential Center: Skywalk Observatory Originally uploaded by teachergal The entire fourth grade went high on Friday. What did we do? We went up to the Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center in Boston.… Continue reading

Memoir Monday Idea: A Special Place (Then & Now)

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My best friend and I went to Newport in August 2004. Since then, I’ve been back quite a few times, including yesterday, with Marc (my husband). Therefore, this Monday, I’m going to reflect… Continue reading

Writing-Related Birthday Gifts

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Writing-Related Birthday Gifts Originally uploaded by teachergal Yesterday was my birthday and I received two writer’s notebooks: one from my best friend and one from one of my students. (Do you think people… Continue reading

Happy Birthday

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Will you do me a favor & pretend it’s Friday? Due to an unexplainable shoddy Internet connection, I was unable to post yesterday. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday… Continue reading

Building a Living Poetry Anthology

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Pat suggested that I work with my students to create a Living Poetry Anthology (I believe Georgia Heard first presented this idea in one of her books.) during my first year of teaching.… Continue reading