Saturday, January 28, 2012

Virtual Teaching Expo Question and Answer


Greetings friends! I hope that you had a great time “attending” Everything’s Kindergarten Expo! Did you wear your pj’s? I’m jealous. I thought about wearing mine but that wouldn’t be professional, or would it? Are there rules when presenting virtually? Not that I am a rule breakernot me! Ehem.

If you didn’t sign up, it’s not too late. Once the event goes live, you will have access to it as much as you like at your convenience in the future so it’s not too late to join in on the fun. Click here for details.

So, tell me.I am dying to knowwhat did you think? Did you learn a new trick? I have been SO NERVOUS. When presenting in person, I think my personality shines a little bit more because we know I can be really a little crazy silly and sarcastic but that was hard to do when talking to a web cam. You should be proud of meI totally wore my big girl panties and tried to be very professional, ehem. J   You got that vibe right?

Anywho, so I am here in blogville right now eagerly waiting to hear your feedback from the expo and answer your questions. Please let me know if there is anything that I can expand on or provide clarity if necessary.  

Just waitingcrickets so far.oh please leave me a comment or a small ray of sunshine before I just jump out the window.  Okay, that is dramatic. I don’t have a two story house. And, I am scared of heights. Who am I kidding? I may just eat ice cream. Oh the calories! Stop me now! Haha! 

I realize I used the word “utilized” a lot and sometimes not correctly, what can I say?

Oh, and I just realized that I forgot to cover Author Celebrations! OOPS!! When I have an “Author’s Celebration” we will take a piece of writing that is completed, create some sort of cover for it, bind it or staple it in cardstock, and have a special sharing time where students get to sit in a special “authors chair” and I invite a special guest (our principal, instructional coach, another teacher, etc.).  Did I mention how special it is? J At the end of the year, we have an Author’s Celebration where all the parents come and we celebrate their work with their family. It is pretty sweet!

Okay peeps. I’m here if you need me. Thanks for stopping by! Did I mention you can leave me a comment? J Check back tomorrow too because I am having a giveaway where EVERYONE is a winner!!!

(Oknow it’s your turn to talkcue typing.)


Also, I am having a sale this weekend for Expo Appreciation (I totally just made that up.)!! Everything in my stores are 20% off. If you want my Polar Bear & Penguin Unit you have to get it on TPT though because I couldn't get it uploaded to TN for some reason. It's on sale there too though. 


You can find me on facebook too for live chat! 



106 comments :

  1. Crystal, I didn't see the Expo. I'm sorry that I can't give you feedback about that. I'm having a contest right now on my blog to give away some really sweet Valentine games. I have three different prizes, so come and take a look.

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    http://teachingwithsight.blogspot.com

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  2. Did I miss it? My screen says we can't access it until 11:00 EST????
    Kristen

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  3. I thought I missed it too! I'm so embarrassed because I emailed their support team, they kindly and quickly responded.....I have to wait 15 more minutes, 11:00 EST.
    ☼Libby
    Dual Kinder Teacher

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  4. I'm patiently waiting until 11 EST, too. :)

    Blessings,
    Marlana
    Lil' Country Kindergarten

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  5. Ya'll are totally fine. I wasn't sure when it launched where so I am just ready! :) Three more minutes. On your mark...get set...go!!

    If you haven't signed up, you have three more minutes to get it for the discount price. :)

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  6. I"m loving your presentation. I'm only in the first part of your presentation, but it is so helpful! Question...if I don't get a chance to watch all of the presentations today, will they still be available to watch tomorrow?

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  7. Absolutely. I still go back to the last few expos that were several months ago and get a refresher. Everytime I watch one, I learn something new. I know my presentation covers A LOT so I would actually recommend watching it more than once. :) Great question!!

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  8. Great! I love to just watch the first time and take things in, and then take notes the second time to really digest it!

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  9. I am having trouble viewing the presentations. They won't play. I have a new computer so I know it is not me. Is the website having trouble?

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  10. We just got an email from the administrator of the site saying that it is packed right now and they are working out all of the technical issues. It should be better soon. :)

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  11. I hope so because I have been waiting for this and I am so excited. :)) I know...I am a dork. :)

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  12. I feel like I can attack writer's workshop with new zeal! I have been thinking a lot about it lately and feel like I needed a kick this year to step up my game. Your ideas were just what I needed! THANKS!
    - Leslie

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  13. I am pretty much obsessed with you!! Great job!!!

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  14. Yay Leslie!

    Hadar, you are funny! Your presentation was great!

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  15. STill having trouble viewing presentations. I finally got the goodies downloaded. Getting ready to go home and try it on my MAC. Hopefully it will be working. :)

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  16. I'm sorry sweet P. Maybe by time you get home people will be off and it will work for you. :)

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  17. Glad to hear I am not the only one having trouble viewing your presentation. I will keep checking back.

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  18. Do you happen to know why I am unable to save the Penguin Pack? I wanted to print it out at school....

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  19. Just heard that the traffic issue is all resolved! Hooray for goodie bags and non-stop learning!
    - Leslie

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  20. Crystal, Thank you so much for your presentation. We had a one day common core LA training at the beginning of the year on how to do a K writers workshop and I was overwhelmed with everything. Thanks for making it seem do-able in K!

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  21. Crystal,thank you so much for your presentation. I've done Kid Writing for years and love the format, but after all the blog stalking I've done I've been ready for a change. Your ideas will help me as I continue in my transformation and ultimately help my students.

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  22. Can we see this information if we are just learning about this now? How do I sign up?!

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  23. I can't get yours to play. :( I get a time out error every time!

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  24. Thanks for your sweet comments!

    Mallory Richardson, you can go to http://virtualteachingexpo.com/ and still sign up.

    Love to teach: did you try just now? I was told that they fixed all of the errors. Let me know. You can email steve too at support@virtualteachingexpo.com for help too. I hope it works soon. Keep me posted!

    I am still here friends! I assumed mine was the last one everyone would see and it is the longest so if you have questions, let me know. :)

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  25. Just finished watching your presentation. It was wonderful! I loved all your ideas. Our school uses Lucy Calkins also, but the way you handle it seems much more fun for teacher and students alike. I can't wait to use all the things I learned.

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  26. Thanks Sandi! I am sure there is a better way but I just pull my ideas out of my you know what. LOL! Thanks for popping by. I hope you will again.
    <>< Crystal

    Mallory, did you get in?

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  27. Crystal, at the end of your video you said that you hoped that I found at least one thing that I can use. OMG I have many many many ideas that I want to use. You have inspired me. I was just telling one of my co-workers how disenchanted I was with writer's workshop. I feel that you have breathed new life into me. I like what you said about keeping it simple and doable (did I spell that right???) I can't wait to get started with all of your ideas. Is there a way to save your presentation. There was so much that I will need to go back and watch again and again and again! Thank you so so much!

    Diane
    kindergartenafunplacetobe.blogspot.com

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  28. THANKS Diane! You can go back and watch it as much as you like. If you give me your email, I can send you a little packet with the basics to help you too.

    Blessings,
    Crystal

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  29. I'm half way through your presentation and am loving it. I tried launching writing a story and have not been very successful. I can not wait to try relaunching it again with your beginning, middle, and end idea. For the lift of me, I can not get some of my kinders to finger space. Any suggestions? My standard bag o' tricks do not seem to be working.

    Looking forward to watching the rest a little later tonight. I have to tend to my 4 yr old.

    So far, I love it!

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  30. S.Parker, Thanks. Good question! I use these astronaut wooden spacemen at first to help them with spaces. I think this year it has been easier because of the numbers on the sides of the paper. Because they have to do this to check it off, they are more conscious about it. Does that help?

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  31. You were so adorable and funny. I loved this presentation but it was so full of ideas that my brain is broken. I am amazed by you.You deserve the entire weekend off and have those teens wait on you! Okay that will never happen but a girl can dream- right? When are you coming to California to visit? You can come to my room and clean up my act. I really enjoyed your kidwriting examples and all the creative ways you get little ones to write. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and making them so clear. I had no idea that you were one bit nervous. Yes, you were a total professional today.. quite impressive. Hey we should take this on the road... any road. Never mind I get lost easily.
    FRAN

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  32. What label is your WWS paper freebie under? You are so talented! I was engaged during that entire presentation!!! This is my first year as a kindergarten teacher and I have been struggling so much getting my WWS up and going. THIS WAS SO HELPFUL!!! Thank you for graciously sharing all of your information and insight with us!

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  33. I can not get the last segment to finish. It stops right after she switches to Caden's piece. Any ideas why? It has been great so far and I want to continue!! Great ideas!!!

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  34. Oh my goodness! This is just what I needed! I teach in an all day public Pre-K setting. I am only on the second section and I am ready to change all my lesson plans for next week! You did a wonderful job. I have been doing this for 30 some years and still learn new things EVERYday. Very inspiring and great ideas for my emergent writers. Thanks so much...and who knew I could learn so much walking on a treadmill?? :) Thanks again!!

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  35. You were great!! I have tried writing so many ways and never feel successful, regardless of how many books I read and try to implement. I am excited to implement the steps that you shared with us. I now feel that I can be successful at carrying out writer's workshop and helping my students become better writers, after watching you. Thank you so much!! :) I might need to ask you questions along the way.

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  36. You did a greta job! I enjoyed every bit. My favorite was the WWS REference wall. To give kids a visual of what they should be working on whether it be labels or sentences was great! LOVE IT!!!

    I too was wondering what your 3 pg story starter sheet is under. I looked on your site under Writer's Workshop, but can't find it. You all did a great job.

    Thanks!

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  37. Wow! That was amazing!! THANK YOU so much for sharing your expert ideas (: Writing (that i have seen so far, as i am in my final year of student teaching) Encourage the students to write and then illustrate, which seems very backwards compared to your ideas! I love the way that your students are encouraged to be authors! how gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing, i am truly inspired (:

    Kylie (:

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  38. Crystal, I loved your presentation and learned so much about Writer's Workshop (learned about it in college, but haven't taught in a school that utilized it). I teach half-day K so implementing 45 mins to an hour to it is not quite feasible, but I am hoping to implement many of your ideas and strategies whenever I can! Thanks for the great presentation on WWS!!

    Barbara Anne =)

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  39. Hey girl,
    You're probably not still online, but I have a question about your vocabulary books. Do you spell the words for the students, like paper, desk, teacher etc?
    Also with the poetry center, where do they write in or highlight what you're wanting them, on your chart or in their individual books?
    And last thing- you have more than just sight words on your word wall?

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  40. Hi, I am in Australia and we are a week away from starting our new school year. I am feeling very inspired by your presentation. You have given me some fresh ideas and I can't wait to get started.

    Thanks

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  41. This was wonderful -- I was taking notes as fast as I could -- glad I can go back and watch again! Also, this will be great for my student teacher to watch -- wish I had all of you when I started teaching kindergarten!!

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  42. Just finished part one, and I am inspired! Taking furious notes, and loving your accent, the way we say "the" in CA is different!!!! Cant wait for my child to fall asleep so I can go back to it!

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  43. Wow. This was awesome. I started blogging back before Christmas and have spent many hours looking, searching, brainstorming. I have really been wanting more info on creating a really good writing center. This will help. I have also been concerned that I wasn't doing a good enough job on daily journals. Well, now I know what i need to do. Thanks for sharing and i cant wait to share with my peers. Email me whatever it was that you can send to add to the writer's workshop. bwilson@alex.k12.al.us thanks again. you were great.Bonny in Alexander City, Alabama.

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  44. I am LOVING your presentation, especially part 2 that gives some order and organization to writer's workshop in Kindergarten! I wish I had had this at the beginning of the year as this is my first year in Kindergarten. Now I know how to start next year! Question...We have to start the year off with journals and the students must write in them daily. They have to be able to free write every day. How would you fit this in when you're doing Interactive and Shared Writing in the few months of school? Thanks again for all of your ideas!

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  45. Hey friends. I am back online. Hubs took kids and I to dinner because my brain was a little fried with the expo so I forgot how to make dinner. Believeable right? ANywho, we went out to eat so my house is still clean. Yay for that! My daughter and I went to the movies after. She wanted to see that tear jerker movie with Tom Hanks but I wasn't emotioanlly ready for that tonight. So, we saw the new movie with Kathrine Heigl. It was cute.

    Anywho, back to WWS. I thought my beginning, middle, end ws was posted here but I guess not. I actually made a handout for the expo but it didn't make it in for some reason so if you email me, I will send it to you. It includes main points from my presentation and a few writing worksheets for WWS. Let me know if you need anything else. You can find me on Facebook too. I usually have it open at night when I am working on units or blog stuff so if you want to chat, just chime in. :)

    In regards to my vocabulary books, yes I have them written on the writing board in the writing center. In all of the units I create, I have vocab/picture cards that go with that theme. I put the pictures with the words so they can copy them. If you click on "Literacy Centers" to the right, it should bring up pictures of my centers at various times and there are some examples there. If I haven't answered your questions, let me know. Don't forget to send me your email addresses. My email is kreativekinder@yahoo.com.
    Sleep tight!!
    <>< Crystal

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  46. Oh, I didn't spell check that comment...oh well. Forgiveness please! :)

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  47. Sarah,

    I actually start their writing (outside of WWS)with journals. We have a morning journal that we start the first week of school. They come in every morning and grab their spiral. We write word wall words, colors, sentences...I use it for math concepts or to make charts. The journal is a great catch all and no matter the content, they are writing. I still have a morning journal but right now they are using it for word work every morning. When I go to school on Monday, I will take pictures of my journals so you can see how we start the year and what we are doing now. I have a math journal too that we just started this semester that they bring to the carpet during calendar. I use it for several different things, covering different concepts each day. I hope that helps a little. Look for a post next week on journals though and if I forget, don't feel bad reminding me. I am chasing my tail most days. :)
    <>< Crystal

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  48. I would also love ANY extras to do with writers workshop :) kylie.smith@hotmail.com.au

    :) Thanks so much ! Kylie

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  49. I loved your presentation. Good job!!! My question is do your students write a paragraph (kinder style)using the beginning, middle and end pictures, one picture and three sentences?

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  50. It's me again now that I've finished watching your FABULOUS presentation!!! 2 questions...1. How many students do you typically conference with on a daily basis? I swear I change it by the year! 2. What font did you use for your Resource slide at the end where is says "Writer's Workshop" at the bottom of the slides with the resource books? ;) Thanks SO much for your valuable resources and knowledge!!!

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  51. Thank you SO much for such a quick reply to the journal question! I can't wait to see pictures. I LOVE the idea of a morning journal so they are writing daily! That was so sweet of your family to take you out! You deserved it!!!

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  52. Oops! I forgot to add my email address so you can send me some goodies... srhendricks78@gmail.com Thanks!

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  53. Oh my goodness Crystal! You are so adorable! You did an awesome job with your presentation...even when you couldn't see!! LOL! Since I am a reading teacher who pulls students out, I don't really do writing workshop, but I still enjoyed listening to how you implement it in your classroom!
    Great job!

    ❤Mrs. McKown
    Little Literacy Learners

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  54. I have enjoyed the whole expo and everyone has helped me to be a better teacher! I'd love to have any more printables that you could send for WW. surelygoodness@gmail.com

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  55. You did a great job! We do Writer's workshop at the school I teach at and the only thing I see missing which really helps is a warm up. Everyday before we write the students get togehter on the carpet and take their alphabet chart with pictures and we "warm up." Just like people warm up before they play sports. Every child has an alphabet chart with pictures for each letter sound and they point as we say it together. Say letter Aa (as students points) apple sound "a" Aa say letter acorn sound "a". This really helps the students. We do the whole alphabet chart. Kind of hard to descibe I hope you understand. Great Job!
    Mary Ellen

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  56. I am so glad I saved your presentation until the traffic calmed down and my kids were asleep so I could concentrate because I got SOOOOOOOO much out of every section. Our district has a big focus on writing now and is expecting a lot of our kinder. I have heard a lot of these terms before but you put everything together so well and I feel so much more comfortable teaching writing now. My email is scrapbunny@ymail.com and I would L O V E, LOVE any handouts :)

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  57. I loved your presentation. I got so many ideas. Could you please tell me how to find your three part story paper? I loved that idea. Maybe it could be posted again for those of us that missed it the first time. Thanks

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  58. Crystal,
    I LOVED your presentation! After watching the expo, yesterday, I sat down and wrote a review on my blog about it. I had so many ideas bursting in my head, that it started hurting! But I just wanted to stop by and thank you for sharing your ideas because:
    When I was a little girl, I dreamed of growing up to become an author of children's books. As you can tell, I'm not an author. My first grade teacher asked me to read a sentence from a book, aloud in front of my class. I didn't read the sentence well. My teacher kept correcting me over and over until I was completely embarrassed. After that, I decided reading wasn't for me. And I eventually got the idea that I would never become an author of children's books. So instead, I decided to teach.
    I am so glad that you made this presentation. I hope that teachers have been inspired by your suggestion of leaving their students with some positive feedback. Otherwise, they may have their dreams crushed too!

    Thanks again!

    Jacque

    http://mommy-and-me-creations.blogspot.com/

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  59. Your presentation was fantastic! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful ideas!!

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  60. Hi Crystal. Thanks again for yesterday. We're doing a more formal brainstorming lesson tomorrow. It's hard for a student to write about what he knows when all he knows is getting a snack at Circle K and going home to watch TV. Love your goodies. jensenkinder@gmail.com

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  61. I cannot find your beginning, middle, end worksheet. I have your listening center one, but it's a little different. Could you please send me a copy? We are currently doing this, but your copy is much simpler than mine. THanks! azbrownies@yahoo.com

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  62. I would love to have the little packet with the basics! THANK YOU! rlawruk@nbcsd.org

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  63. This is my 28th year teaching. I gained SO MUCH from your presentation. I will watch it over & over. You are ADORABLE...so easy to follow & relate to! Great job. I would love the packet & bme page as well. I have some questions regarding journaling & ww as well. I need to go back & read these comments & follow you on facebook so I don't make you repeat. smskdg@hotmail.com thank you!

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  64. I am not through watching your presentation but just had to come on here and say that I love the ideas you are sharing. I will check back when I am all done watching it!

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  65. Could you please extend your sale one more day? I was busy watching the presentations yesterday and I missed it. This is my email for the goodies cerdafco@gmail.com

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  66. Crystal,

    Wow! Your presentation was magnificent! I learned so much about implementing and using writer's workshop with my kinders. I loved all your anchor charts. They are going to be so helpful for my little ones when learning to write. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

    Respectfully,
    Ann Greene
    @ http://mrsgreeneskindergartenkorner.blogspot.com/

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  67. Crystal,
    I would love a copy of the "goodies" that did not make it into the presentation yesterday. I am excited to try 3 part story telling tomorrow. I think the kids will love it.

    Thanks again for everything.

    learningwithmrsparker@gmail.com

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  68. Loved the presentation. Where on your blog can I find the beginning, middle, end writing paper?

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  69. I really enjoyed your presentation. I hope to use your great ideas. You were inspirational, Thank you

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  70. Crystal,
    I was totally engaged and l.o.v.e.d every minute of your presentation. A little about me: I am a first year teacher, and was blessed to get a job in Kindergarten. I will admit I was nervous and a little apprehensive about getting my first job in Kindergarten. I am the only Kindergarten teacher in our district and use blogs to feel connected to fellow Kindergarten teachers.

    Writer's Workshop was something I did a workshop on in while in college and couldn't wait to use it in my classroom someday! Well here it is the middle of the year and I haven't implemented the writing program I am satisfied with. I have felt completely defeated with getting it going and more importantly making it effective. Your class gave me the excitement again to help my kinder kids be a writer when they leave my room. THANK YOU....THANK YOU......THANK YOU! The anchor charts were so powerful I can't wait to start writing in my room.

    A few questions:
    How do you decide what mini lessons to start with on how to build on them so they flow for the kids.

    Thank You again from a very appreciative 1st year teacher
    Erin

    Would love the freebies: erin.huber@sendit.nodak.edu

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  71. Okay I am so excited to follow both of your blogs and facebook!
    Cheryl
    dcsade@sbcglobal.net

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  72. What a fantastic presentation! I know writing is one area that we are always looking for new ideas and strategies as a kindergarten teacher. You did a great job. I would love any extras you have as well as the handout. I know I will be referring to it often :-)! crrobinson72@yahoo.com

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  73. Hey! Just wanted to let you know that I got everything to work. LOVE IT!!! I can't wait to share your WWS with my co-workers. We have been looking all year for a quideline to go back. Thanks again!!

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  74. I am loving your presentation. I have one more section. I have already found so many things to implement tomorrow. I am having my observation with my principal this week and plan to plug in your visualize chart! Thank you SO much. I would love your handouts esp. the BME chart! Please go rest! I know you must be exhausted! mckinneyeli@fssd.org

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  75. I absolutely loved your presentation!! I don't do a formal, daily writers workshop, but writing is one of my favorite things to work on with my little kinder friends. It is such a good indicator of what they are learning and how much they understand about the connections between letters, sounds, words, sentences, illustrations...you get the idea! Anyways, I am so excited, I am already planning to start the beginning, middle, end hand signal and writers workshop paper you showed. I will have to find a way to fit it in this week because I am that excited!! Thank you for sharing all of this with us! From reading your blog I know you worked hard on this presentation and were nervous, so I hope you know that your work paid off! I am ready to get my kids even more excited about writing! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
    Kari :)

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  76. I would like a copy of the goodies that didn't make it in yesterday.

    higgystyx@Yahoo.com

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  77. Your presentation was AMAZING!!! I learned so much and can't wait to implement it in my classroom (starting tomorrow!)

    Would it be possible to get a copy of your powerpoint so I can use it as a reference?

    Thank you so much

    molly
    mebohm@gmail.com

    I would also like a copy of the goodies that didn't make it in yesterday (if it's not too much trouble)!

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  78. I L-O-V-E-D your presentation! I loved all the presentations. They were all full of so much USEFUL information and I cannot wait to implement them into my classroom. As a teacher, I am also still a learner. FANTASTIC job!!

    I would love the goodies not included yesterday as well! Thank you for all your time, energy and guidance.

    Jeannie
    mrshsmarvelousmonkeys@yahoo.com

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  79. Just finished your presentation. LOVED it! Writing was the area I really need more ideas and advice on. Thank you so much for everything! I would love a copy of the expo handouts you mentioned above!

    Kim
    Growing Up Teaching

    kkish1110@gmail.com

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  80. WONDERFUL! You have such a pretty voice!! THANK you sooooo much for all the new ideas! I found so many that I can't wait to add them to my schedule. I kid write daily and do mini lessons every so often, but your ideas will take my writers to the next level!!

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  81. First let me say that I LOVED YOUR PRESENTATION!!! It was so informative and EXACTLY what I have been needing. I too was wondering how many students do you conference with daily, are you able to get to them all or just a few? Also, the poems in your poetry center, are they poems that you introduce when they are placed in the center, or have you already read and reread them several times prior to putting them into the center? Again, thank your for all your wise words. I have learned so much.
    I would also like to receive the handouts that did not make it into the presentation if you are willing to send them to me! My email is jfutch@long.k12.ga.us.

    Thanks again!
    Jenny

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  82. Thank you all for your sweet comments! I can't seem to open my WWS file in a PDF tonight so I will be returning emails tomorrow and if you left me your email address, I will send you my packet which includes slides from the presentation. :) Several of you have asked very specific questions and I haven't forgot about you at all. I also have about 30 emails to return. I will be returning your emails the next two days so be looking. Check back here on this post too for more answers and updates. Have a great week!
    <>< Crystal

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  83. Ok, I lied. My eyes are still open so I am going to let myself stay up a few more minutes to answer a few questions. LOL

    Lucy,
    My kids write BME and it depends on their individual capabilities as to how many sentences each page will hold. I like a bigger middle with details so that is usually two sentences but if they are writing well, each page may have two sentences or even more. So far, that's not the case this year but we may be able to get there. :) Does that help?

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  84. Sarah...

    1. How many students do you typically conference with on a daily basis? Some days I get to everyone depending on my goal. I may want to conference with everyone before they write for 30 seconds each to talk about their writing or meet with just a handful through out the wws time. It depends.
    2. What font did you use for your Resource slide at the end where is says "Writer's Workshop" at the bottom of the slides with the resource books?
    Hmmm...I am not sure. I will have to look into that one. :) I have soooo many fonts!!

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  85. LOL! No worries! I have lots of fonts too but not that one! ;) Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions! We have a teacher workday tomorrow so I can't wait to get to work on all of my new ideas and implement beginning Tuesday! I hope this Virtual PD becomes a yearly tradition!!!

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  86. Wow! That was such a FANTASTIC presentation! I learned so much and can't wait to see the kids tomorrow so I can try some things out. I appreciate all the work you have done above and beyond your regular day. Here's my email, thanks for the freebies!
    ~Kirsten
    dkhumber@comcast.net

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  87. Great job! Thanks for all the time you put into doing this.

    Since WWS takes so long, do you also do literacy centers?

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  88. Wow! I can't wait to go back tomorrow and start implementing all the wonderful ideas swimming around in my head! Thanks for sharing all that wonderful information. Would love the WWS pages you are sending out!

    krysti
    martink@melnap.k12.mi.us

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  89. Fantastic workshop, I've already watched it three times and will continue to go back to it. Thank you!!! Thanks too for posting the extras as I too searched your blog for the beginning, middle, end page. My email jsutton@netspace.net.au

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  90. Just watching your workshop now and came to search your blog too for the BME WWS. AFter seeing the above posts, I guess it is not on here. Would love to have a copy too. Was going to incorporate it today, but I will model it for my kids and have them try it another day. Your part of the workshop alone was worth the $20 I spent on the ticket. It's the missing piece to my puzzle of teaching WWS. Thank you!!!

    Shauna
    shaunarae2@yahoo.com

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  91. Just got to watch your presentation tonight! WOW! This was wonderful! I have lots of new ideas! I love the beginning, middle, end paper! Can't find it yet on your blog, but I will keep looking. Thanks for putting all that time into it!
    Krissy
    http://krissyskindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  92. Hi friends! Please don't think I am ignoring you. I came home from school with a fever today. I feel just terrible. I will return emails tomorrow. Please forgive me. In the mean time, I have set up a link so you can download the Beginning, Middle, & End Worksheet right now. Thanks!

    Blessings,
    Crystal

    https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B4bCctR2p-DIOWUxZTc3YTctMDE3MS00NTkzLWJkOTktMzExNTBjMGEwZDRj

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  93. Friends,

    If you left your email, I sent you my WWS packet. Here are the answers to the rest of the questions. :)


    Lucy, I will have another sale this weekend. Your wish is my command! LOL

    Erin, my mini lessons go in order of the presentation. I will present the same step over and over in a mini lesson until I feel like they are ready to move on. I have moved on before and it was a hot mess so we had to go back and try again when they were ready. It really depends. Follow most of the class because they will all move at different paces. :) I hope that helps.

    Jenny, I introduce the poem the week before it goes in centers. We read it every day so the children have it almost memorized. We do several activities with the poem before it goes into a center. :)

    Heather, YES I absolutely do literacy centers. My kids LOVE centers. We do centers for about 45 minutes. We don’t have a nap time though. I will post my schedule in an upcoming post for you to see how my days goes.

    Love and virtual hugs!
    <>< Crystal

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  94. Stop by my blog to see how you inspired my teaching.
    http://learningwithmrsparker.blogspot.com/2012/01/three-part-stories.html

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  95. I follow both blogs and love them. I will have to start a facebook page so I can follow everyone on it. We can not access facebook at school so it is a little hard to keep up. hcarpenter@ebrschools.org

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  96. I just watched your virtual teaching expo piece on writing and thought you did a wonderful job - I have been teaching for 25 years and really like your sequence of how to get children to write. I am going to "beef" mine up using some of your ideas - thank you so much -

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  97. Hi Crystal,
    I just watched your presentation. Awesome job! I loved all of your ideas! I can't wait to use them in my classroom! I am so glad you reminded us to start simple. I too would love the basics packet you have spoken of in earlier posts. Thank you so much for sharing!!!
    kbelton@rock.k12.nc.us

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  98. I loved your presentation and want to thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas. I have to give a presentation to all the staff on writing at our school. As a new teacher I was really worried about my presentation. You gave me some great ideas. I was wondering if you had any more ideas on how to cover the common core standards. Have you seen the student examples in the appendix of the common core standards? The examples have like 7-8 sentences. What do you think of this? I would also like your handouts. Do you use a Promethean Board in your class? Have you made any flipcharts? I believe a pen and paper is the best way to model myself for many reasons but we are now suppose to use our boards instead. If you have any flipcharts or are thinking of ways to make some please let me know. Would you mind if I tried to use some of your chart ideas for mine? I am not selling them. I am not the best flipchart maker. They would be for classroom use only. Thank you so much. Please let me know if there are any other expos for Kindergarten. Thanks again. rrobinson@basd.k12.wi.us

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  99. Crystal, I just finished watching your presentation. I have the day off so I finally had the time to devote to it. I loved it. It was just what I needed. I've been struggling with writer's workshop all year long. I can't seem to figure out how to fit it in. But I feel like I can use a lot of your ideas and set the groundwork for my students next yea since I have them first grade too. You're so wonderful and inspirational. I would love any other handouts you have. kheinrich9@gmail.com

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  100. Hi Crystal,
    I finally got to sit down and watch your presentation. Kudos to you, from one of your blog followers! :) Very well done presentation. I can definitely take back ideas immediately to use in my classroom! Thank you so much!

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  101. Crystal, just watched your presentation again and am thinking about next year. How do you organize the student's writing and how much do you save or send home? It seems like with all of the loose sheets of paper, it would be hard to save and would quickly build up. I'm struggling right now with keeping writing samples both in journals and writing folders. You want to be able to show progress to parents, but at the same time, space is limited. Any help or pics would be appreciated. Thank you,

    Shauna
    shaunarae2@yahoo.com

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  102. Hi Crystal! I finally got to watch your presentation - it was awesome!!! Thank you sooo much! Will you send me the WWS packet - jilla@pepin.k12.wi.us - please. I was also wondering what book you use for the poems.
    Thanks so much!! Jill

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