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It’s Monday… It’s ELA Common Core Day! Tips From The Field

Happy Common Core Monday to you!  Big apologies coming from me – I have been off the radar for a couple of months.  I’m back!   I had the pleasure of working with exemplary teachers, administrators, interventionists, and student teachers in the Northeast this week.  THANK YOU to the teachers in Albany, Hartford, Boston, Long […]

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Happy New Year – 2013 Thoughts

  Mr. Moses lived on the street where I grew up.  From as far back as I can remember, early on New Year’s Day each year my mother got up and dressed and let me get up with her so that we were ready and standing in the vestibule when Mr. Moses rang our doorbell. […]

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100 Best Ever Teen Novels

After the 100 Books Every Child Should Hear Before Starting School, (posted in August) and then the 100 Best Middle Grade Books posted Oct. 25th, it’s time for the 100 Best Ever Teen Novels, thanks to the folks at NPR. “Should I read to my high school students?” you ask. YES! Absolutely!

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Best Middle Grade Books!

After the 100 Books Every Child Should Hear Before Starting School (one of my postings in August), I promised you books for older students.   Here is my compilation of the BEST Middle Grade Books.  Remember to continue reading aloud to your students, no matter what grade you teach!  Next week, I’ll post the Best […]

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It’s Monday, It’s ELA Common Core Day! Today’s Tip: Step 5

It’s Monday, It’s ELA Common Core Day! Today’s Tip: Step 5: What will my students need to do, to demonstrate an understanding of this standard?  What facts should they know, what concepts should they understand, and what skills should they use? I’ve been missing-in-action this month…  work deadlines just took over.  But now, I’m back! […]

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It’s Monday, It’s ELA Common Core Day! Today’s Tip: Step 4 of Unwrapping the Standards – Essential Questions

It’s Monday, It’s ELA Common Core Day! Today is a continuation of our look at Ainsworth’s (2003) work in unwrapping the standards, where we’ve focused on Steps 1, 2, and 3 (out of 5). Today’s tip is Unwrapping the Standards Step 4.   Next Monday, we will continue with Step 5 and then another look at […]

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Digital Natives

When Kaylee was three, she was able to maneuver an iPhone and knew how to put in the password and go to her 4 folders of apps.  Wheels on the Bus was one of her favorites when she was three.  At age four, she loved AniMatch, an electronic version of the old memory game with animal […]

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It’s Monday, It’s ELA Common Core Day! Today’s Tip: Unwrapping the Standards Step 3 and Looking at the whole picture.

It’s Monday, It’s ELA Common Core Day! Today is a continuation of last week’s look at Ainsworth’s (2003) work in unwrapping the standards, where we focused on Steps 1 and 2 (out of 5). Today’s tip is  Unwrapping the Standards Step 3.  We also want to take a moment and look at the whole picture. […]

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100 BOOKS EVERY CHILD SHOULD HEAR BEFORE STARTING SCHOOL

        Since it’s back to school time, it seems fitting that we share some great books for kids…  Local librarieshave various lists of books – here’s one, Thanks to the King County Library System, Washington.  What if our Kindergarteners, first graders, or second graders come to us not having heard most of […]

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It’s Monday, It’s ELA Common Core Day! Today’s Topic: Unwrapping the Standards – Beginning with Steps 1 and 2

Ainsworth gives us 5 steps to follow when Unwrapping the Standards. Today we will look at Step 1 – Code It, and Step 2 – Unwrap It, with one sample standard. Next Monday, we will dive into Step 3 – Determine the Big Ideas..  The whole 5-step process is a very good way to get […]

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