Archive for the ‘Literacy’ Category

  • News Storytelling of Lincoln’s Assassination Will Engage Students

    on Apr 17, 15 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Social Studies • with Comments

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    News stories are generally written in what is commonly known as the inverted pyramid style, in which the opening paragraph features the “5 Ws” of journalism: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. The reason for this style is so that the reader gets the most important information up front. Given the amount of time readers have today to read the amount of news generated in a 24 hour news cycle, the inverted pyramid makes sense. In contrast, 150 years ago a dispatch by the Associated Press took a storytelling approach  when President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination

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  • Advice for New ESOL Teachers: Being a Good Co-Teacher

    on Apr 15, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, ESOL, Languages, Literacy, Policy, Special Education, The International Teacher • with Comments

    Teacher Collaboration Starts with(1)

    Guest Writer: Jon Hardy If your student teaching experience was anything like mine, you learned all about classroom management a creating a community or learners as if you would have your own classroom. Then, when you started working it turned out that you were mostly working in other people’s classrooms, either taking kids out to work in your ESOL “room” (which may or may not be an actual room) or figuring out how to be co-teacher. Developing a co-teaching relationship is just that, a relationship, and the normal relationship rules apply. Be Patient. Starting out,

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  • Teacher Collaboration: Scaffolding by Grade Levels

    on Apr 6, 15 • in 10 Ways to Fix Education, Common Core, Educator Professionalism, Instruction&Curriculum, Languages, Literacy, Opinion, Policy, Science, Social Studies • with Comments

    Teacher Collaboration Starts with

    Is your department communicating? It seems like common sense, however, too many times teachers in the same subjects are not communicating from one level to the next. Students shouldn’t have to fill in gaps when they progress within a subject.  Teachers need to move beyond the possessive view of students and begin to collaborate across levels to help students succeed.  How do we avoid a disjointed department or grade level? 1. Communication. Departments and grade levels have to meet at least monthly. Set a department goal. For example, student learning goals, yearly and by graduation.  We

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  • Making the Most of Book Reports

    on Apr 3, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

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    I require book reports from my students each month. These are projects that are done at home, but could just as easily be done in class. Before school starts I assign a book genre to each month. The crop of kids I have determines the format for the book. This year I happen to have a lot of active boys and an overall kinesthetic group of kids. So most of the projects I have chosen are very hands-on. Our latest book report was due recently, and I loved seeing these projects roll in. March was the

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  • Encouraging Parental Involvement In Reading

    on Apr 2, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    6 Ways to stop Bringing work home from-2

    We have a seven hour day at my school. All in all I’d say my second/third grade students spend about four of those hours in some type of reading, whether it be science, geography, social studies, math or directed reading groups. We all know that outside reading is a significant part of growth for the beginning reader. But when students spend a majority of their day reading in class, how can you motivate them to read outside of class time? Couple that with busy parents who want to believe that additional reading is not as

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