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Is Your Child Getting a Good Writing Education? Four Questions to Ask Your Child. By Ken Lindblom You want to make sure your child is getting an excellent education in writing.

Is Your Child Getting a Good Writing Education? Four Questions to Ask Your Child

But if you’re not an expert, how do you really know? Here are four simple questions to ask your children about the writing that they are doing in their classes to determine if they are receiving an education in writing that is based on research and that reflects best practices for authentic writing. Question 1: How many different genres are you writing in school? The more genres your child is writing, the better. Academic writing definitely matters. Google Keep: Lit Circles - Teacher Tech.

Guest Blog post by Rayna Freedman (@rlfreedm) Digital PostIts I fell in love with Google Keep at first sight.

Google Keep: Lit Circles - Teacher Tech

Once I saw the color-coded notes, reminders, labels (think hashtags), and image upload capability my head began swirling with possibilities for my 5th-grade students. 25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area. 25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area Reading is reading.

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

By understanding that letters make sounds, we can blend those sounds together to make whole sounds that symbolize meaning we can all exchange with one another. Without getting too Platonic about it all, reading doesn’t change simply because you’re reading a text from another content area. Only sometimes it does. Science content can often by full of jargon, research citations, and odd text features. Culture of Readers. Culture of Readers Problem: Kids don’t have a sense of accomplishment when they complete books.

Culture of Readers

Solution: Problem: Students get stuck reading one type of genre. Problem: Students don’t finish books in a timely fashion. What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon. Ten ways to Ditch that Reading Log - Middle School Minds. Teaching Determining Importance As More Than Just a Skill on a Checklist. I have written before of my own fear of teaching reading comprehension strategies as items on a checklist to merely be taught in order to say that we are teaching them.

Teaching Determining Importance As More Than Just a Skill on a Checklist

Booked. Booked Written by Kwame Alexander Published in 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grades 4-8 Book Review.


Smart Boarding School. How Do We Develop a Writing Identity? I am a writer.

How Do We Develop a Writing Identity?

There was a time in my not-so-distant past when I never would have uttered those words. I didn’t believe them. After all, I had no published work. I was not getting paid to write. How could I call myself a writer? Use Thematic Text Sets to Spark "Unstoppable Learning" By Katie and Chris Cunningham When we think about the middle school experience of today, we often ask ourselves…what matters most?

Use Thematic Text Sets to Spark "Unstoppable Learning"

For us, it is that students become more self-driven in their approach to learning, more resilient as they face inevitable pitfalls and adversity, and more empathetic through valuing, respecting, and understanding another person’s views. 28 Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball. A few years ago I was asked by a local TV station to suggest some books for children in honor of Black History Month.

28 Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball

Being a Black librarian I relished the opportunity, but I did point out that my offerings would avoid the typical fare of Black children’s books: boycotts, buses and basketball. We’ve picked up a few other hobbies since the 1960s, and there are hundreds of books to show for it. Here is a humble sampling of some just in time for Black History Month. 28 children’s picture books, most of them featuring Black children doing what all children do: play, make up stories, learn life lessons, and dream. I picked titles that came out within the last ten years (or so). I also tried to spread out the gender of the protagonists, as well as put some light on some typically ignored aspects of Black life in books (loving and present fathers, non-urban life, and so on).

21 Anchor Charts That Teach Reading Comprehension. This blog is sponsored by Questar Assessment, a K–12 assessment-solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability.

21 Anchor Charts That Teach Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is one of the most complex skills to teach. It’s also arguably the most important. Students will only succeed in other subject areas (and make it a lifelong habit to read for pleasure) if they understand what they are reading on an ingrained level. Many factors go into the development of reading comprehension, including building an extensive vocabulary, asking questions, making connections and visualization. Below, you’ll find 21 anchor charts that tackle some of the trickiest parts of teaching comprehension. Inspirational Quotes from Fictional Mentors. Toronto, KC libraries trade barbs over Jays-Royals playoffs - Toronto.

A war of words is brewing between two libraries rooting for their hometown baseball teams. After the Toronto Blue Jays' 7-1 comeback over the Kansas City Royals Wednesday night, the Toronto Public Library cleverly arranged a few books to form a new poem, gloating the victory. "The Comeback, Blue Jays Blowout The Royals.

Come Together. " But the Kansas City Public Library, which initiated the poetry face-off Tuesday night, is not standing down. "The Bad Guys Won! The Toronto Public Library returned a literary jab at the Kansas City Public Library. After the Jays' rough Game 4 against the Royals, the Kansas City Public Library tweeted a little poem at its Toronto counterpart. "Canada, Sorry You Lost, What Bluebirds Do. " Not to be outdone, the Toronto Public Library tweeted back Wednesday with its own subtle yet stinging book-spine poetry, which quotes the late baseball superstar and sage, Yogi Berra.

Talking Batman and Secondary Literacy w #TVDSB Admin! #TVDSBEnglish. 4 Strategies for Teaching Students How to Revise. I'm a fan of the writing workshop. That means I also write with my students, and I allow plenty of time for students to conference with me and with each other. I also provide models of what good writing looks like -- and lots of them. Here's what the classroom writing process looks like: Brainstorming (Think About It) Drafting (Getting It Down) Revising (Making It Better) Editing (Making It Right) Publishing (Sharing It!) At the beginning of the writing process, I have had students write silently. However, when it comes to revising, and later, editing, I think peer interaction is necessary. Strategy 1: Provide Models. Reading. Reading Is Fundamental Combats ‘Summer Slide’

Photo Some of my favorite childhood memories don’t spring from my own childhood at all; they are borrowed from the pages of books. I waited for spring with Frog and Toad, helped deliver Grandmother’s kiss to Little Bear, and walked to school along the beach in Provincetown on The Day the Whale Came to My Town. I had a lovely childhood on its own, but when amended by the tales on my bookshelf, it was all the more rich, filled with mystery, adventure and most important, learning. Unite for Literacy library. Your Rubric Is a Hot Mess; Here’s How to Fix It. Share with Friends 19KShares See Mrs. Jones. Blogging in the Classroom: Student Roles. In 2009, I began my personal journey in blogging, as well as implementing blogging into my classroom.