[Mentor Texts] Leading up to Memoirs

Today we started to write memoirs. While I’m glad to share the steps leading up to these very-first-inkling drafts, I’d rather just show y’all what they came up with. Here is the mentor text we used.  It’s from Knots in My Yo-yo String by Jerry Spinelli.  We are using his memoirs as our mentor text…

[Re-Post] First Day Thoughts

I am quite certain I will have a new set of first day thoughts to share, but in the meantime I will shamelessly re-post from last year.  I feel like this captures the first day for me. Originally posted August 17, 2010… Amid the hurley-burley of the new school year each little Lovie shakes out their feathers,…

[Article Review] Read This, Would Ya?

Click here for an article I want you to read.  I also want to hear what you have to say about it.  If you haven’t told me yet, or chatted it to me, or commented it to me, please do so.  Send an email, an airmail, a carrier pigeon, or an unladen swallow.  I’ll get the message.

[Thoughts on Teaching] Gossip?

I have a lot to say, but I’m having a small moral quandary. What is the line between gossip and sharing stories?  Who am I allowed to tell these things to, and how much am I allowed to say? There have been a few things in my district lately that have surprised me. Things people…

[Teaching Stories] So Very Many Things

Although a short week (for me), this week held very many things to think about, deal with, look up, figure out, wonder about, come to terms with, understand, or fix.  Here is a list of things off of the top of my head.  Each of these things is directly related to one or more of…

Mini-Lesson… Maxi-Topic

In my college days a “mini-lesson” was defined to me as a part of a Writers Workshop as follows: Mini-Lesson The mini-lesson is part of Writers’ Workshop and provides a short (5- to 10- minute), structured lesson on a topic related to writing. Topics are selected by the teacher and based on student need or…

There is Too Much

It is the first weekend after the first two days of school. This caped teacher has been trying to mix in some good downtime, some quilting time, and some cleaning time in with her working time. As can be expected, though, all of my newest little cherubs are swirling around in my head. There are…