Adding Details! We always tell kids to "add details" in their writing. This easy visual helps clarify what we're talking about. A mini-lesson (or two or three) on each strategy will produce results in student writing much more than simply saying, "Add details!" ever will. Love it!
Southernism - As sweet as we are, we are sometimes pushed to the limits by our children and or our husbands. At this point, you might hear one of us "vent", "For crying out loud, you are on my last dang nerve!". Usually, nothing changes though. giggles. Except for we feel heard. :)