Category Archives: elementary

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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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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#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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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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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 Biographies with a New Lens #sol17

  Reading Biographies with a New Lens March 15, 2017 The fourth graders are reading biography this month.  What should a competent reader of biography know and do?  As Dorothy Barnhouse writes in Readers Front and Center,  the classroom is … Continue reading

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