Category Archives: Learning

No More Sound it Out

We’re working as a school on improving our ability to grow students as readers. One of the ways we are doing this is by pulling students into small groups each day and reading with them. We use books that are … Continue reading

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The Intimacy of Colleagues in Common

 There is an intimacy found with colleagues who are passionate about literacy and children’s learning that I find nowhere outside these circles.  When we sit together and share our learning, our thoughts, our resources and concerns, the talk often stretches … Continue reading

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If….

I saw this beautiful video posted on a friend’s Facebook page.  Go ahead, take a peek. When I watched this video, I realized something. I realized that I could actually feel each stretch, developee, tendue, demi plie as I saw the … Continue reading

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Main Idea . . . Think about it.

Today I shared a couple of simple strategies for helping students understand how to take in informational text.  It involves breaking down information into manageable bits.  I used to think students should be able to find the main idea easily. … Continue reading

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Doctors & Distractions

I considered calling out. “Hello, This is me. I’m doing well, so I’m not coming okay?” No. I wanted to hear it from him. The surgeon who had less than four weeks ago cut my body and removed an offending … Continue reading

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From Riverside to Riverside . . . the learning continues

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Until four years ago, this was what I expected to see and hear IF and WHEN I visited New York. Did you check it out? That’s what I knew about New York! My world…

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Writerly Matters

Second grade classroom a little before lunch. Students writing. Teacher sitting at a kidney table with a small group of children. Air heavy in this classroom. A quiet pervades, except for the voice of the teacher with that small group. … Continue reading

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Child Matters: Test Scores, Community, Growth

What happens with a staff full of teachers meet to view their Smarter Balanced test data for the first time? Continue reading

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Child Matters

It’s Thursday night. It’s been a great second week of school.  The kids have been on campus for eight days now. Eight important, formative, instructional days. The campus is abuzz and it sounds something like this: “I feel like I … Continue reading

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A Saturday Afternoon, A Prom & The Common Core

Sunday afternoon I sat around a large table with five adults while our high school seniors snapped photos while waiting for the super bus that would whisk them off to senior prom. The six of us began getting acquainted while … Continue reading

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