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We Have Found an Amazing 7 Year-Old Writer and Her Mom Writes Too…Check out Her Blog

In one of our Writing Workshops in May, I was thrilled to spend time with Amy Foret.  She is a young mom who is a wife and a mother of two. Her articulate and well-read daughter is 7 and she has an amazing son who is 5.

Her daughter started reading when she was only 3 1/2, and has been writing stories since she started kindergarten. Now she is in second grade. She reads about a book a night, and writes at least one short story a week.

Please check out and welcome these new writers to WordPress and the writing arena.

For all of our readers who love to get great ideas on books to utilize in classroom or read to your child, we highly recommend Amy’s blog MY Garden Patch of Books.

Please check it our and share your thoughts here on your great reading finds 🙂

I am on my way to VA to meet with Trisha and conduct some Unlock the Teacher LLC “How to ePublish” Workshops…

Stay tuned as the next Katie’s Adventure eBook is almost ready to hit Barnes and Noble.com.  The OLQM first graders who wrote and illustrated the book did an amazing job!

You learn something every day if you pay attention.  ~Ray LeBlond

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise 🙂

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My Reflections on the Writer’s Digest New York Conference of 2011

Writer's Digest NY Conference 2011= Recipe for Success

As an educator, I enjoy and thrive on collaboration.

I love to learn new things and listen to what others have to say.  This past weekend was such an enjoyable experience for me because I was surrounded by such a diverse group of people.  The dialogue was amazing and the kindness was refreshing. Throughout the weekend, there were many opportunities to sit with like-minded people to share and glean insights, and converse with those who could oppose and critique work/and views as well.

It felt like I was back in graduate school, absorbing a lot of information in a short amount of time…and enjoying every minute of it!  Of course, as I stumbled in the door at 2AM this morning, I am not sure my husband could see the “joy” on my face. This will be a busy week of writing but for now…sleep!

The WD Conference was a great venue of collaboration!

For further insight or helpful tips learned, visit my online article  @ Suite101.

Stay tuned for great blogs that we are adding from the many wonderful writers we met on our adventure.  That includes all those wonderful individuals from the “Red-Eye Writer’s Group”…a true pleasure!

May your week be insightful and filled with joy and laughter!

~Denise

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Favorite Tweets of the Week and the Great Combination of Twitter and Education

Twitter Singing PicHere is a review of my favorite tweets this past week.  Topics range from free webinars and podcasts, to informative information in the world of education, writing and publishing.  EdReformer, StudentsFrist, Topedtweets and Writer’s Digest are all great tweeters to seek out if inquiring about the stated topics.

As an ELA teacher, those who know me find it funny that I am now a “huge” promoter of twitter.  Before I began tweeting (that still sounds funny in my head), I assumed that twitter was full of slang and fragments, meant for young people.  However, though twitter  most definitely speaks the language of our youth, it is a diverse arena where one can enter into a global debate and/or conversation on any given topic.

The lexicon can be challenging at first, but there are many who gladly lend advice (shout out to @topedtweets) and offer support.  Though I am still a novice, there are many areas in which twitter can be utilized in language arts classrooms: electronic chats between classrooms around the world, teachers sharing best practices with one another and so much more.  As educators, Jen and I are always looking for things that stretch our abilities and force us out of our comfort zone…isn’t that what we ask our students to do when teaching them a new concept?

If you are a parent, a teacher or anyone who feels that social technology has no place in education, I encourage you to jump out of the box with me and explore the new language of the furture…dare to dream!

Have a great weekend!

 Denise 🙂

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