Category Archives: Teaching

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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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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What is Reading?

Seriously.  Can we talk? Get ready because there just may be a rant brewing. Sometimes people who teach children to read will say things. And those things offend. Not because they’re intended to do so. Definitely not. Teachers are amazing … 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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From Riverside to Riverside . . . the learning continues

Originally posted on Resource – Full:
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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