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Reorganizing – A Simpler Way

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I’ve been back in Brookings for a week and finally feel settled enough to get back to these blogs.  As I was moving books from one shelf to another and filling a couple of boxes to donate to the library, a book that I’ve had for many years caught my eye. It’s called A Simpler Way… Continue reading

Meanderings … and the Common Core Writing Standards

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  Writing for me is a process, an internal conversation – a way to process my thoughts. I started this blog in 2009 for two reasons. One was to capture some of those random thoughts, and the other was to learn about “web logs” … or as I found out they were called: blogs.  Edublogs… Continue reading

Overcoming Writer’s Block: It’s Just Not that Hard

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When I’m working with a student who is experiencing “writer’s block,” my advice is to just start writing.  Period.  Put the pencil on the paper and just start pushing it across the line.  If nothing else, just begin – “I don’t know what to write . . . I don’t know what to write .… Continue reading

Building Vocabulary Naturally

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I’ve been attending meetings of a local writers’ group.   The idea of meeting with people who consider themselves writers felt a little intimidating to me at first.  But now that I’ve attended two meetings,  I have realized how much fun it is talking to people who write simply because they love to write.  Writing is… Continue reading