Category Archives: Slice of Life #SOL17

wisdom from the truly fantastic four #sol17

Wisdom from the Truly Fantastic Four June 20, 2017 Today was “Step Up” Day at our school.  Students move up to their next class, meet their teacher, and we have a step up ceremony for the fourth graders who are … Continue reading

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do #SOL17

Breaking Up is Hard to Do June 6, 2017 It’s that time of year again.  The number of school days is dwindling down to small double digits.  This is when the student begin to break up with us. A veteran … Continue reading

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Tear It Down (Coming Soon)

Tear it Down (Coming Soon) May 30, 2017 The gas station on the corner that I pass every day is torn down. It had a Dunkin’ Donuts inside. The gas was always expensive. I think it used to have a … Continue reading

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Hope is Not a Tactic

May 23, 2017 Hope is Not a Tactic   Against my will  I watched the movie Deepwater Horizon over the weekend.  While this isn’t a blog to review movies,  I deeply recommend this movie.  For so many reasons, it made … 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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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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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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