Summer Update

Well, I haven’t been as active on my blog lately as I should.  I am preparing to transfer this blog to a new one when my office launches the new CCESC website – so stay tuned.

Sadly, I have cancelled my two summer workshops due to low registration.  I would normally take this personally, but from what I am hearing, teacher workshop attendance is down all over the state.  This really isn’t surprising considering the rough year we have all had.  Between OTES, SLO’s, new assessments, curriculum changes, etc.  (not to mention all that snow!) teachers are tired and just need to rest, relax, and soak up some sun this summer.

So I will put my workshops on the shelf and break them out again in the fall when teachers are feeling more motivated.  In the meantime, I wanted to share a great blog post that may help those of you feeling you are working hard but not getting anywhere or just feeling overwhelmed.  Check out the link here to the Teaching the Core post.

Enjoy a well-deserved break.  I hope you will be able to re-charge your teaching battery this summer and be ready for a new group of kids in the fall…

Happy Summer!!

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Summer PD at the ESC

Join me in July for newly designed workshops:

July 9 – Vocabulary Bootcamp

July 10 – Writing as Learning

Both workshops are designed to enhance the literacy strategies of core content teachers in grades 6-12, though others are always welcome too!  More information and registration on the CCESC website.  And keep that site bookmarked – we will be unveiling the new and improved ESC website in July!

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The (New) Daily 5

New edition of the Daily 5 is out – and you can preview the entire book on the Stenhouse website!

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Assessments…

Though testing is over for the year, many educators still have assessment on the brain.  Along with questions about next years’ new assessments, teachers have learned through the SLO process that quality classroom assessment is equally important.  Unfortunately, many of us have little knowledge and experience in writing really good classroom assessments – this make “assessment literacy” the newest buzzword in education and one you will be hearing more and more about.  Liz Wolfe-Eberly, an assessment literacy specialist in our region offers several tips to help high-school teachers improve assessments, including testing with purpose, analyzing results and collaborating with colleagues. Read her suggestions on the US News High School Notes blog.  

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Cool Summer Reading for Kids

http://www.middleweb.com/15164/student-summer-reading-2014/

Summer Reading ideas from Middle Web

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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.

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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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