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My Family: an online photo collection specifically for my students
I truly believe if you invest the time to teach writing authentically and well, then state tests will take care of themselves. Writing skills create strong, independent thinkers.

My students hear plenty of stories about my husband, my family, and my pets. Out loud, I try to demonstrate skills of good writing through regular story-telling in class. I provide this page for my students to be able to actually see who all those people are I talk about during classtime.

Some Family Photos Posted by your Teacher:

Here, my husband (Corbett) and I are waiting for sunrise on top of Mt. Halekala in Maui, Hawaii. This was part of our honeymoon trip in 2005.

After this photo, we rode rented bikes from the very top of the mountain down to the beach and sea level.

The bike ride was fine and fun until the very end. Just three hundred yards from the beach, it suddenly started pouring rain, splashing my whole body with Hawaii's red mud. I cried when I saw how dirty I became in just the last few minutes of the adventure.

An idea for your writer's notebook: Have you ever gotten so dirty outside that it made you really emotional?

My father (John) and I are enjoying a ride on his boat in Southern Nevada in this photo. My Dad has always loved water and has owned many different boats in his lifetime. My sisters used to love to go tubing behind boats like this!

An idea for your writer's notebook: What is your Mom or Dad really passionate about? Do you think you'll share that same passion when you are his/her age?

 

Over Spring Break, I often travel to Southern California to visit my Mom. Here my Mom (Cheryl) and I are about to go enjoy the sites and the warm weather in Solvang, California. I like to tell people my mother sometimes acts a little goofy when she's in public, and my husband is quick to claim that I have a lot more in common with my mother than I care to admit. Does that mean he thinks I am goofy in public too?

An idea for your writer's notebook: What interesting trait do you share with one of your relatives? Is a trait you might not like to admit you both have?

Here is my Dad with his four daughters. I am his oldest child.

One of my sisters is a teacher, one is a hair stylist, and one is becoming a nurse. Can you guess which is which?

An idea for your writer's notebook: Based on their personalities and interests now, what jobs do you think your siblings will have when they are adults?

Here are two pictures taken the afternoon I babysat my neice, Macey. She is such a cutie!

An idea for your writer's notebook: What are three things babies can get away with that middle school kids can't? Explain why you think that is/isn't fair?

 

Your Teacher's Pets

Our magnificent Pudge in all his gloryThis is Pudge posing for the camera, which he often does. Pudge is the oldest of our dogs.

Mr. Ozzy as a Bumblebee Unlike Pudge, Ozzy never photographs very well. Ozzy's picture at the vet's office looks even worse than this one.

Our Tortoise EvictorHawthorne is our desert tortoise, and Bentley is our youngest dog who sometimes kicks Hawthorne out of his own house, as seen here.

Tortoise EggsA few years back, we hatched some tortoise eggs in an incubator. We still have one of the babies that hatched.

Ideas for your writer's notebook: Our pets always make great topics for writer's notebook entries. Tell the story of where/when you obtained your pet. Or the story of how your pet got its name? Or be creative, and make your pet the star of an exciting fictional story that happens when everyone has left the house for the day.

 

I'm Almost Embarrassed to Show you These:

Mrs. Harrison in first grade!

Here is a Where's Waldo-like challenge for my students: Can you find me?

Click on the photo to see it a bit larger.

Be sure to tell me how cute I was when you discover which one I am!

An idea for your writer's notebook: What was an important life lesson you learned when you were in first grade?

Mrs. Harrison in third grade!

Here is a Where's Waldo-like challenge for my students: Can you find me?

Click on the photo to see it a bit larger. This was the year I went to a Catholic school: uniforms and nuns!

Be sure to tell me how cute I was when you discover which one I am!

An idea for your writer's notebook: What would be the advantages and disadvantages if our school adopted a school uniform policy?

 

 

Mrs. Harrison in high school!

Here is a final Where's Waldo-like challenge for my students: Can you find me?

As a senior in high school (in Bishop, CA), we took a huge panoramic picture of the entire senior class. This is just the portion of that big picture that I could fit over our scanner.

Click on the photo to see it a bit larger. I'll bet you can't find me in this one!

An idea for your writer's notebook: When you're in high school, do you think you'll beecome part of one of the cliques, or do you think you'll be a complete individual? How do you know?

 


WritingFix is the best website ever. And not just because they have several of my lessons posted! This site covers every writing topic out there!



If you're not a member of the NNWP's Writing Lesson of the Month Ning, change that fact right now! Click here and create a profile to begin receiving the monthly lessons!



The NNWP's Going Deep with 6 Trait Language Guide is a great teaching resource. You can order your own copy by visiting the NNWP's Publications Page.



Creating Writers through 6-Trait Writing
by Vicki Spandel. A really great teaching resource!



The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins. My three classroom copies see no dust as they're passed from reader to reader.



My husband also keeps a webpage of his lessons and his professional development resources. Click here to visit his site.



Click here to see some of my past students who are "famous" because they were published at the WritingFix website.

 

 

 

 

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