Slice of Life — Check it out!

“Slice of Life” writing is sponsored by Two Writing Teachers blog each Tuesday and every day each March during the Slice of Life Story Challenge. I love that I get to write weekly for my blog. It keeps me going, and I also get to read many great stories from my blogging buddies, too.

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Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey. You are inspirational women who keep the writing alive, not just on Tuesdays, but all year ’round!

Check out my Slice of Life stories on Tuesdays at http://www.readingteacherwrites.com.

Welcome!

Welcome to ReadingTeacherWrites.org. This is my professional site where I share information about literacy learning, my own research-based reflections, and lessons I’ve learned while teaching.

You can also use this page to contact me regarding your reading and writing classroom needs. “Collaboration is key.” I would love to collaborate with you on your next classroom project or professional development event.

Lucy Calkins, the Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, said, “Passion is powerful.” I am passionate about teaching and learning; I want to share my passion with you.

I am currently working on:

  • “Picture Books are Powerful” in the Middle School Classroom
  • “Making Workshop Work” in the Middle School Classroom

 

 

 

 

What I’m Reading

I waited and waited. Yesterday was the “book birthday” for Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin. My friends previewed the book (lucky them!) and recommended it as one of the best books of the year so far. So, of course, I ran to the bookstore to purchase it and started reading.

Wow! My friends were right! I didn’t live in New York City on that tragic September 11th morning, but I know people who were there. I was teaching at the time in Indiana, and I had just walked my 5th grade class to the gym for specials. I heard my neighbor teacher running down the hallway, yelling into classrooms, “Turn on your tv! Something big is happening!” I didn’t know the impact of her words until several hours later. Tragedy. Loss. Pain. Togetherness. Hope. Love.

I loved the different perspectives in this story that starts a few days before September 11th–each person going about his/her own daily business. Just like me. It seems like we never think about the bigger world, until something happens that personally affects us. This book is filled with meaningful stories.

Add Nine, Ten to your reading list. You’ll be glad you did.