Monthly Archives: March 2014

National Poetry Month

Some ideas and resources for studying and teaching poetry from Edutopia… Also, if you haven’t seen the app from The Poetry Foundation – check it out! It is really cool!

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Food for thought…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about lesson and unit design and the trend toward “thematic” units that has been common in ELA instruction.  While I taught for years following a thematic organization, I am no longer a fan of

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How to use newspaper articles to engage struggling readers Great piece about about using newspaper articles in class from the New York Times Learning Network…

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Need to “Kill” a Period? RE/Mix It!

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Teacher Confession… I love when my fellow teachers ask me, “Hey Theriault, I need to kill a period, what can I do?” Coming up with a last-minute lesson plan is one of my…

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I was fortunate to be able to attend the OCTELA conference on Saturday, March 1st.  Keynote speaker Candy Dawson Boyd delivered a reality check on Common Core and our responsibilities to our students. “Its not about you and whether you

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