#sol15 thanks

Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for an engaging month of stories, slices of our lives shares, read, and discussed. 

Internet is down, and may not get this posted. 

Now it is on to April’s National Poetry Month: a poem a day read and written each day for thirty days. 

And I’ll be returning to #140WC — writing 140 words each day– or you could do 140 each month. Just choose a 140 that fits for you and do it, tweeting at #140wc 

Life keeps moving on, one slice or 140 words at a time. I’ve learned a few poetic patterns from our slice blogs, and have been inspired to always keep writing, myself and with students. 

Thanks everyone!

 Keep slicing– however it fits your writing life.  

#sol15 Bummer Missed Slice Again

Home.

9:55 PM

Grading.

Projects for grade eight.

Projects for grade seven.

Ongoing  feedback and student revision.

√ Check

√ Check

Elaboration grade 6

√ Details, dialogue, description, simile, action words

Blogs grade 5

√ details

√ edit

Oops.

Missed 12 AM Slice deadline.

Oh well.

I know my students so much better!

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#sol15 Parent Information

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Parent Information is so important. We’ve added this station to our foyer and plan to enlarge it. Schedules, handbooks, health brochures, testing information all have a place for easy discovery.

As I look it now, I wonder if it needs a kid information page too — created by kids. Perhaps each class could write about what they’re doing and add a little newsletter to it. I could add mine from March, but I think I’ll share the template with the students and let them create one to share as a hard copy and online. It’s based on a Google Doc template I created for anyone at school to use.

It’s important to tell our story.  How do you share information with families and the community?


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Day 29 Two Writing Teachers


#sol15 a tree grows 

I love trees.

I hate it when they are chopped down or topped, cropped off to stumped branches– I believe the trees feel pain then, as I cringe when I see it.

But here in Olympia, this tree is saved, it’s supported and protected. Picnic benches let us mere mortals enjoy its shade and its relief from pouring rain. A crow calls out, not in its “caw” annoyance, but in a low chatter to welcome us.

No plaque explains its importance. Perhaps just its presence and its pleasures for us in form, shade, oxygen, and protection is enough.

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Thanks to the city of Olympia, we can still enjoy it.


solDay 27 Two Writing Teachers

#sol15 Dinner with the Gov

Governor Jay Inslee hosted a dinner at the Governor’s mansion in Olympia for newspaper publishers.

From Eastern Washington as my husband [newspaper publisher] and I are, he cheers for EWU Eagles! But that’s not the only reason, he said.   EWU takes flack for a low graduation rate, and many in power would like to ‘do something about that.” Inslee said that statistics don’t tell the whole story. They don’t tell you that EWU accepts students other colleges won’t even look at, giving them a chance they would not otherwise have. Some of them don’t finish, but many become shining stars.

Hmmm. I say there is one more thing about that– even those who don’t finish have more education and new experiences that will still help them do better in their lives. Statistics can’t tell you those stories.

And these stories are another reason why standardized tests should not be used to label students, teachers, and schools as failures. They don’t tell near enough of the story. And they don’t help teachers with their instruction or students with their learning. The only good test is the one a teacher gives in the classroom.

Teachers use data every moment in their classrooms– the kind that really matters. Are students getting it? What other info do they need? What feedback will help them improve but not give up? What is better about Harry’s work today? What else would help him? Oh,Look– Sandy got it today and is helping Harry. This is the only data that really matters.

Yes: This is the only data that really matters for teaching and learning. Let us focus most on that.

Just like EWU, it’s that person, at that moment, given the opportunity to add to their lives —  that is what counts.

Thanks, Governor, for knowing that.


PS: I was one of those students. Thank you EWU!

Photo: Sheri Edwards

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