Category Archives: challenges

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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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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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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content driven literacy #sol17

“Without systematic attention to reading and writing in subjects like science and history, students will leave schools with an impoverished sense of what it means to use the tools of literacy for learning or even to reason within various disciplines.” … Continue reading

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Brain Friendly #sol17

Reducing Cognitive Load in the Workshop March 28, 2017 One of my students is having difficulty learning to spell high frequency words.  She reads them with ease, but when it comes to spelling, she still struggles.  After thinking and talking … Continue reading

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Reading with Rigor: Teacher Edition #sol17

It’s Monday What Are You Reading?  Cognitive Load Edition March 27, 2017 Recently,  I have been lingering over lessons and concepts, giving students time to understand more fully, considering the gradual release of responsibility in a more thoughtful way, scaffolding … Continue reading

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Load Limit Exceeded #sol17

Work Load Limit Exceeded March 26, 2017  #sol26 Yesterday, I joined my husband at the tax accountant.  The accountant is a nice man who is obviously a whiz at taxes.  He pulled up the forms on his big monitor and … Continue reading

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24:7 The Unexpected Benefits of Blogging #sol17

24/7  The Unexpected Benefits of Blogging March 25, 2017 I write to figure out what I’m thinking.  Joan Didion I’ve almost done it.  I have successful completed 25 blogs. (I have one on reserve #planner)     Here are a … Continue reading

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