Hello Maryland! SoMIRAC 2015

     Hello!  I'm so excited to be attending and presenting at the State of Maryland Reading Conference!  As many of you know, I taught in Prince George's County for a couple of years.  Many of my dear friends still live here--I'm hoping to run into some of you today! 
     Maryland holds a very dear spot in my heart.  I loved working and living here.  It is such a vibrant place.  There are so many top-notch professional development opportunities year-round.  I always felt like I was right in the middle of all the cutting-edge happenings!  I remember my good friend Barb Gallagher and I hopped the train one Friday after school to attend a Teachers College Reading/Writing Project Saturday workshop.  Wow...I sure miss those days! 

     Below are the handouts for my sessions today.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.  Thanks for inviting me once again to share in a tremendous day of learning with you all!  I LOVE being a part of it!
Happy reading/writing/thinking!  

From the "Quick Bursts of Writing Across the Curriculum" Session:
*Quick Writes strategy poster:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zetW3l0e_tAA5fi9fHrPtAHazKkrdJWuNf7ZBXv0af0/edit

*Thinking Boxes strategy poster:

*Quick Jots strategy poster:

*Quick Tries strategy poster:

*Rules for Quick Writes (you could print this poster size)
(there is a much nicer version of this here:) https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rules-for-Quick-Writes-Poster-230293
*Notes on Keeping Standards High in Everyday Writing  (which gives some helpful tips for ensuring students do their best work even during these quick, informal opportunities to write)

Resources from the "Why Am I Writing This?" Session:
Note:  I couldn't get this saved as a google doc with the correct formatting, so this is a png image.  If you'd like a copy of the original document, just email me.  


  1. Your sessions were great, Janeil. Thanks so much for sharing these resources!

    Lynne and I enjoyed seeing you after all these years. I don't know if you remember, but you spoke at an event I organized for MCCIRA (Montgomery County) at Strathmore Hall. I think you were talking about word walls--it was probably 22 years ago. Anyway, your overhead bulb blew out. I don't remember how it all got resolved, but I remember you were so cool and calm. :)

    Thanks again for sharing your expertise!

  2. Hey there, Debbi,
    Another comment! Thanks so much for taking the time to respond! And, you are very welcome!

    It was great seeing you, too. I enjoyed talking with you both--that is part of the fun of 'conferencing.' I don't think I remember the exact event you mention above, it has been so long. I sure do miss Maryland!

    Tell Lynne 'Hello' for me and how much I enjoyed our fun banter!
    Enjoy your week and keep in touch! -Janiel


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