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Writing to Learn (not Learning to Write)

Writing is a process of deep thinking. It slows and clarifies thought: paragraph by paragraph; sentence by sentence; word by word. It allows the writer to go back, challenge and improve. 623 more words


Tagxedo Word Clouds

I did some homework at the weekend and I made my homework words into

a big cat.I did this at tagxedo where you get a wide selection of word clouds.

Link: www.tagxedo.com

School Stuff

Experiment with spelling aid for poor readers

Anyone can try this experiment:

Put a crib of Spelling-without-traps next to any page of normal spelling, and see who are helped. There are three traps in normal spelling– 311 more words


Daily five Writing

We are now running the daily five time in our class twice a week. The children are working well at each activity but one is becoming so much more popular than the rest. 201 more words


"I have diffidently put effort in."

Awhile ago I devoted a post to ruminating on an example of this word, “diffident.” That writer was writing about fast food as an eating “path,” and I was comparing this concept to the two paths in Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken,” especially since my student said the fast-food road was “diffidently not the only one.…” 368 more words

Student Writing

On the Same

“I beg of you to give me a drink of water.”

On the Same.
(On the reception his Book of Divorce met with.) 124 more words


Last Day for my fundraiser for the Literacy Council

Time is running out to participate in my Barefoot Books Fundraiser.  All profits will go directly to The Loudoun Literacy Council, to support children and adults learning to read.  195 more words