nErD Camp 2016 Handouts

Jul 11, 2016 by

Click the link below to download handouts for the Day 1 session: “Let’s Experiment! Inspiring Students to Revise Their Writing” Let’s Experiment! Nerd Camp Handouts   Click the link below to download a registration flier for the August 16-17 Literacy Institute: This institute will cover a range of literacy topics geared especially to reading/writing workshop teachers. It will feature 11 experienced presenters and 2 Michigan children’s authors.  Cornucopia Books will be onsite. 11 SCHECH credits available. The following nErD Camp presenters will lead sessions: Annemarie Johnson, Kate DiMeo, Betsy Hubbard, Ruth McNally Barshaw. Join us for two days of networking, learning, and FUN! 2016 Summer Literacy Institute Handouts for Day 2 session on “Motivating Readers Through Reading Rituals Rather Than Rewards” coming soon!   Share...

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We Make Time for What We Value

Feb 11, 2015 by

Convicting title, isn’t it?  This could apply to so many areas of our lives, couldn’t it?  Don’t worry–this post isn’t to point fingers at any of you.  This is my own personal reflection.  I recently read a Two Writing Teachers post by Tara Smith.  She included some quotes from Randy Bomer’s book Time for Meaning: “We make time for what we value. What we do with our time is what we do with our lives.  When we are unable to spend time on what we most value, it is because we have not found a clarity of purpose.  We have lost our maps, lost our rudder, and we drift aimlessly, as if time were not passing, as if this teaching life were not ours to live.” Like I said above, I could apply this to so...

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New Look, New Feel

Apr 18, 2013 by

If you are regular visitor to this site, you may have noticed that Teacher2Teacher Help has a new look!  Unbeknownst to readers, my site has been under construction for about four months now.  While it is still a work in progress, I decided that it was time to “go live” with the new site this week. I had three main purposes for this overhaul: To give the site a fresh and updated look and feel. To make it easier to navigate (for both me and visitors). To make it more interactive. What hasn’t changed is my purpose, which I believe can be summed up in my new tagline:                                   Growing readers.              ...

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Happy New Year (twice!)

Jan 4, 2013 by

One of the things I love about teaching is that we have two opportunities to start fresh each year—at the beginning of the school year and in January.  I must say that I am not a big fan of making New Year’s Resolutions—probably because I know I will be setting myself up for failure!  But I can honestly say that I find myself reflecting on both personal habits and teaching practices/professional goals every August and January.  Although I haven’t posted to my website in quite awhile, I figured that this is the perfect time to “make that fresh start” and get back into it. For this first post of the new year, I thought I would share a few resources I have recently found helpful—both personally and professionally—and hope that they will be helpful...

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Cute Clip Art!

Jun 1, 2012 by

I’m currently writing a new seminar handbook and was looking for new clip art that does not violate copyright laws to jazz up some pages.  I recently heard about the website Scrappin Doodles – Clip Art, Websets, Printable Crafts & More, so I decided to check it out. They have some really cute, high-quality, school-related graphics!  Well, I spent way too much time shopping on their site when I should have been writing.  But now I have renewed writing energy as I search through my new clip art, finding just the right graphic to illustrate my ideas. I know it is the end of the school year, so you probably aren’t thinking about school-related clip art, but everything I purchased was marked down 40-50%. Since I am a new customer, I don’t know how...

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Birthday Books

Apr 26, 2012 by

I went birthday present shopping last night.  For myself.  At the library!  I had to return some library books, and as I approached the entrance, I saw this sign: Well, of course, I couldn’t just walk by without at least browsing.  Since it was the first day of the book sale, the selection was still very good.  I picked up a book.  Then another.  Soon I had to ask for a bag and then a second bag.  These deals were just too good to pass up!  I found a lot of the modern classics that I have either not gotten around to reading yet, or that I have read but loved so much that I wanted my own copy.  I even found an unused Book Club Organizer—this is the one I referenced in Share...

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