Author Archives: readingteachsu

About readingteachsu

Passionate about literacy education. Currently a literacy specialist in a K-4 building near Boston MA.

rattlesnake footprints

May 10, 2017 Recently there was a news story about a child and his stepfather who were lost in a nearby woods.  When interviewed the child (around 8) said there weren’t any rattlesnakes or anything, but there were a lot of … Continue reading

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Every Word, Every Person, Everyday #sol17

Every Word,  Every Person, Everyday  #sol17 May 9, 2017 I usually post some sunny anecdote that puts me in a positive light and wraps coaching up in a neat package.  The truth is that day after day there are a … Continue reading

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View from the Balcony #sol17

A View from the Balcony May 2, 2017 I’ve been rushed lately or at least I feel rushed, like my to-do list is too long and I’m just racing through the days.  But today something slowed me down.  Today I … Continue reading

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small batch coaching #sol17

 Small Batch Coaching April 18, 2017 I have been thinking a great deal about instructional coaching of late; having a coaching cycle in place in my role as a literacy specialist:  teachers I meet with weekly,  co-teaching in place with … Continue reading

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A Lesson Learned in Time #sol17

So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time   Green Day April 4, 2017 This is state testing week in fourth grade.  I have had my own little … Continue reading

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#IMWAYR Opening Day Edition

It’s Monday What are You Reading:  Opening Day Edition April 3, 2017 I was raised on baseball and have lived in baseball towns most of my life.  The St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and White Sox, and now  Boston Red … Continue reading

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Take Me Out

April 3, 2017 Today our fun loving school friends created an opening day feast complete with steamed hotdogs with all the trimming,  popcorn, and cracker jacks.  Here’s a little poem in honor of that indulgence.     Ballpark hot dogs … Continue reading

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Sweet Dreams are Made of These #sol17

Contents of my Bedside Table March 31, 2017 Philosophy or Reading or philosophy of reading.     xxoo Thank you to Two Writing Teachers and the March Slice of Life Challenge Community for inspiration and encouragement.  Read their amazing blogs … Continue reading

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Writers are Readers #sol17

Reducing Cognitive Load by Pairing Reading/Writing Work March 30, 2017 Lucy Calkins says in the The Art of Teaching Reading that reading and writing are like ‘running from one side of the boat to the other’.  Thinking about that movement … Continue reading

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It doesn’t add up 

  April Calendar Math April 1, 2017 11 weeks of school 14 more days of bus duty 13 more schedule child study meetings 1 month missing from intervention because of: 10 days of MCAS administration 10 days of benchmarking 6 … Continue reading

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