Monthly Archives: March 2012

Catching a falling star

March 21, 2012 This experience of posting daily has been great for me (but hard).  It has made me hold true to my writing goal this year.  It have given me insight into the writers life and most important made … Continue reading

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Ah the writing teachers dilemma!

March 20, 2012 Today is the day I chose to get caught up on my students writing.  The first week or so of the SOL I read their Slices daily.  Then life took over and I just could not keep … Continue reading

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Resilience

March 19, 2012 resilience: the physical property of a material that can return to its original shape or position after deformation that does not exceed its elastic… spring back!  My students amaze me every day as they walk through the door … Continue reading

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Mixing and Matching the essence of teaching

March 18, 2012 The combining or coordinating separate elements so as to provide a harmonious, interrelated whole (dictionary.com) – the art of integrating curriculum (me). This next year I have been asked to move from 4th to 5th and to lead the team in departmentalizing the curriculum.  I get it – … Continue reading

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Work must be real

March 17, 2012 “As students and teachers take on more nonfiction reading and writing … There is power in something as simple as changing the graphics on an anchor chart from cartoon hearts and brains to more authentic renderings of … Continue reading

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What is it about the Hate/Love Relationship..

March 16, 2012 What is it about the hate/love relationship in the classroom?   I can not explain it although I have my theories.  My classroom is a group of wonderful students who are dealing with high poverty, high mobility, … Continue reading

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Good Things Come In Time – waiting for writers to grow

March 15, 2012 Walking the garden tonight (an odd thing to do in Minnesota in March since it is usually still under several feet of snow) I was seeking little signs of spring.   Moving a leaf here and there, … Continue reading

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Oh, nothing ever happens at school…

March 14, 2012 You know that little line that our kids use when they get home from school –  the one that answers the question about what happened at school today –  “the oh nothing ever goes on!”   You see … Continue reading

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Fighting the word devils

March 13, 2012 I know that Ruth warned us this week would be hard.  The middle of the challenge has us in its grip.    The slow down.  I heeded Ruth’s warning and also warned by students.  We discussed all … Continue reading

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No words

I have no words tonight!   I have no way to fully understand the sorrow that many of my students feel at such a young age.  I know the loss of a father from illness but violence is another think … Continue reading

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