Monthly Archives: April 2014

4 Steps to Better Writers | Edutopia

If you like a little structure for students, but believe less is more… 4 Steps to Better Writers | Edutopia.

Posted in Writing

Cutting to the Common Core: The Benefits of Narrow Reading Units

Interesting article regarding thematic teaching from Language Magazine Online… Cutting to the Common Core: The Benefits of Narrow Reading Units.

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Fellowship Opportunity for Exemplary Educators

The America Achieves Common Core website will be releasing 10 new classroom videos covering Science, Math, Social Studies and English Language Arts, in June 2014! Did you know that many of the outstanding teachers featured in the videos on this

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50 TED Talks for Educators

http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/50-ted-talks-every-educator-should-check-out/ for your summer viewing pleasure….

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Happy Spring!

The weather has been questionable, but the calendar definitely says it is spring.  If we have any doubt, the restlessness of students and glazed look in the eyes of teachers confirm it… the school year is winding down!  Before you

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…

I had a great conversation last week with the Batavia Schools Writing Team.  We talked about encouraging vs. discouraging students to mimic models of writing.  Certainly there is a fine line between mimicry, copying, and plagiarizing… but when young students

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More Close Reading

Because we can never get enough… more ideas for close reading strategies from Literacy in Learning Exchange.  

Posted in Reading