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I found this post, by A Teaching Life, to be particularly helpful. As we ended the glorious week of vacation that is Winter Break, I found this site and instantly loved it. This teacher shares her lessons and her ideas, and occasionally her own writing or inspirational pieces. I love it! I also like that she links directly to book information, which makes it easy for me to find, order, or link to other pages. I appreciate the extra effort. The pictures are nice, too!
Since we don't compete with each other, I am so eager to learn from other teachers. What inspiring projects have they completed in class? What gets their students fired up about writing? How do they survive the day with 120 (or more) highly-hormonal and dramatic kids? If only our job were easy...but it's rewarding instead.