Thoughtful Logs You will notice on our blog that my students use amazing learning tools called Thoughtful Logs. Many of you have emailed asking for more information about Thoughtful Logs - what they are, how to use them, etc. I figured I'd just post the information here with pictures to help answer your questions. Here we go! Where The Idea Came From: Our district had several elementary teachers pilot Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos' Comprehensive Literacy Model this past two years with the help of a literacy coach (Mrs. Making A Thoughtful Log: The Thoughtful Log can be any kind of notebook or even a folder that has paper held into it using brads. Dividing the Thoughtful Log Using Tabs : In the intermediate grades, we divide the Thoughtful Log into 5 sections using sticky tabs. *Tab 1 - My Strategies: In this tab, students store learning about the comprehension strategies: questioning, making connections, visualizing, inferring, determining importance, and synthesizing. A Literacy Scrapbook: - Leanne :)
14 Writing Tips from Anne Lamott Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 14 writing tips from Anne Lamott. Tomorrow night, I’ll interview writer Anne Lamott at Symphony Space here in New York City. I’m a longtime fan of her work, so am looking forward to hearing her speak about her writing and her process. It’s especially gratifying for me to do this interview, because years ago, when I was still in law school, Anne Lamott and I were both bridesmaids in my college roommate’s wedding. I was so intimidated by her, a Real Writer, that I don’t think I spoke two words to her the entire time. So, in honor of Anne Lamott, here’s a tips list summarizing, very briefly, some of the points she makes in her terrific book on writing, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Write regularly, whether you feel like writing or not, and whether you think what you’re writing is any good or not.Give yourself short assignments. One line from Bird by Bird was helpful to me recently.
Reading and Wriitng Notebook FAQ I just started reading The Cafe Book yesterday by The Sisters and I am already so excited to make some changes in my classroom because of it. You can bet that I will be doing some serious posting about it during the next month as I begin to launch it in my classroom. I got a really great email from Lindsay today and thought I would answer her questions on the blog about my reading and writing notebooks. I thought that some of you might have the same questions yourself. The first question she asked was, "Do your kids have both reading and writing notebooks?" The notebook that I use in my classroom is a combined reading and writing notebook. The second question was, "Are they responsible for bringing the notebooks to class each day or do you house them in your room? I am lucky enough to have the capabilities to store the notebooks in my classroom. I do a mixture of both. As we rebuild our notebooks, I am planning on sharing more details about them with you all.
U.S. History - Standards of Learning | Activities using Foldables Back to Instructional Links Engaging Students with Foldables was created by Susie Orr, an elementary social studies specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools. It contains instructional activities using foldable templates that were modeled after the folding techniques of Dinah Zike. These models correlate to specific Virginia SOL objectives and essential knowledge for U.S. History to 1865. Overview of the Folding Techniques Here are some tips for teaching with foldables. Permission to Use Teachers, specialists, coordinators, and other school personnel may use the templates and materials with students. Have a look at this file for examples of finished foldables. USI.2a Continents and Oceans USI.2b Geographic Regions, Locations, and Physical Characteristics USI.2c Locate and Identify Water Features USI.3a Cactus Hill Pocket Book USI.3b Locating American Indians - 5 tab USI.3c American Indians and Resources Pocket Book USI.4a French, Spanish, Portuguese and English Explorations
WritingFix: prompts, lessons, and resources for writing classrooms Interactive Notebooks « Teaching Social Studies Teaching Social Studies and Language Arts a teacher exploring integration Interactive Notebooks My most popular posts seem to be on the implementation of the Interactive Notebook strategy. I decided to create this page to arrange them in the most logical order. What is an Interactive Notebook? Frequently Asked Questions Interactive Notebooks Assignments (Teachers) Interactive Notebook Assignments (Students) Like this: 32 comments so far Brandon on March 4, 2010 I love the notebooks. Leave a Reply Categories Follow me on Twitter Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. | The Light Theme.net. Follow Get every new post delivered to your Inbox. Join 167 other followers Build a website with WordPress.com %d bloggers like this:
Data Stories I have a goal in life: To rid the world of bad PowerPoint slides. We’ve all sat through meetings, struggling to stay awake during presentations filled with cheesy stock images, confusing bar graphs, and pie chart after pie chart. This needn’t be so. At Google, I teach everyone from marketers to engineers some basic principles of data visualization that help them turn numbers into compelling visual stories. Presenting data creatively can make numbers seem more human and turn statistics into stories. Here are a few of the most resonant lessons that I teach in ‘Data Visualization 101’ at Google. Don’t be Misleading Context will have an impact on how people interpret the information you’re providing. Don’t be a Data Fashion Victim Just because your software has plenty of bells and whistles doesn’t mean they all have to be used. “Just because your software has plenty of bells and whistles doesn’t mean they all have to be used.” Highlight what’s Important Simple Beats Sexy Use Color Strategically
Interactive Notebooks - Joseph Hill's English Classes at Carlmont High School The interactive notebook serves you, the student of literature and language, as a library, a laboratory, and a journal. Like a library, the interactive notebook serves as a storehouse of accumulated knowledge; like a laboratory, it serves as a means to pose meaningful, authentic questions and to seek their answers; like a journal, it serves as a medium both for personalizing knowledge and for reflection and as a means to foster intellectual and social growth and to develop excellent habits of mind. The interactive notebook will prove an invaluable tool in your quest to meet the goals of the course as they are articulated in the California standards for English and language arts and in the course description. How and why does the interactive notebook work? In short, the interactive notebook serves as a means to become an active and independent thinker and learner, to become, in fact, the best active and independent thinker and learner you can be. Materials 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Teachers Write! 6/6 Wednesday Q and A Got questions about writing? Wednesday is Q and A Day at Teachers Write! Virtual Summer Writing Camp, and we’ll have a bunch of great guest authors answering. Teachers & librarians – Feel free to ask your questions in the comments. Published author guests have volunteered to drop in and respond when they can. Guest authors – Even if today isn’t a day you specifically signed up to help out, feel free to answer any questions you’d like to talk about. Note from Kate: I’m chaperoning my daughter’s field trip today & won’t be checking in until tonight. The Middle School Mouth Just Getting Started? - SCBWI Not an SCBWI member yet? For those who are not yet members, or are unfamiliar with our resources, we’ve made available some general information on publishing for children. FAQs About Children's Book Publishing New to publishing for young readers? Here are the questions most frequently asked, helpfully answered by a group of professionals in the field. From Keyboard To Printed Page Here are the basics on how to format your writing for submission to agents and editors. Types of publishers This handy guide gives you a quick summary of the different types of publishers and book packagers who may be interested in your work, as a well as a short, general overview of how they work. From the Editors Desk Ever wish you could pick an editor's brain about what she's looking for, or what she might suggest?
Realistic Fiction Writing Unit Monday marks our return to school from Thanksgiving break and it also marks the beginning of a new unit of writing...realistic fiction! This is the unit my friends have been waiting for. They've been clamoring to write fiction since the start of school. So to my friends I say get those pencils ready! Here we go! (Unit divider page in writer's notebook) Now for a word of caution. This unit is one that requires a great deal of planning. Since we've had the last week off for Thanksgiving I've had some time to work in my own notebook. Here's the highlights from our first week or so of lessons. Reviewing the characteristics of realistic fiction. After brainstorming ideas for story topics, students take time to think about who the main character might be for each story. Time to think about the main character. After thinking about internal and external characteristics, we will take some time to think about the motivations and struggles for the character they are developing.