Archive for the ‘Literacy’ Category

  • Turning that Picture into Writing

    on Oct 15, 14 • in Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Policy • with Comments

    creativewriting

    On my bathroom wall at home, I have a large framed drawing my son made in first grade. It has a lot of underwater action, including thought bubble over the shark saying “I am the king of the ocean.” Another thought bubble over a fish close to the shark’s mouth reads, “I am going to die!” It is a fun picture but it wasn’t until I was teaching second grade that I realized that this was a detailed story my son had “written.” The actual writing in his daily journal was pretty basic. It usually

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  • The Beauty of Science and Art

    on Oct 6, 14 • in Elementary Classrooms, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Science • with Comments

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    This year our district has been focusing on integrating science with ELA.  This is not a new idea, but one that has been a joy to implement.  We spent three days over the summer looking at our standards, resources and designing lessons for students.  Focusing on keeping science alive with inquiry and hands on exploration while adding a depth of reading during our ELA time has been wonderful.  In our last unit, life systems, I was able to integrate art as well. The projects were better than I imagined! During our study of life systems we looked at

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  • Have you Read a Banned Book Yet This Week?

    on Sep 23, 14 • in Featured, Literacy, Opinion • with Comments

    Young Student Reading A Book

    National Banned Books Week is upon us, and the American Library Association once again reminds us that the Freedom to Read is a right everyone deserves. Most school libraries, especially in high schools, used to celebrate Banned Books Week by making commonly banned books available or displaying them as a reminder. But nowadays, with massive budget cuts, many schools have been left without librarians or even libraries. If there are libraries, students rarely get to spend time there because of all the demanding proscribed classroom curriculum they must get through each day. But this week is

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  • A Reading Affair to Remember

    on Sep 19, 14 • in Literacy, Opinion • with Comments

    Young Student Reading A Book

    My love affair with reading began underneath the dining room table.   It was something I passionately desired to do, and my first glimmer of this new realm was in Kindergarten. There was some kind of power behind the flashcards Ms. Crowning was holding up and I had to have it. I attended Kindergarten in 1985 and now in 2014 the expectations and standards have certainly changed. From Kindergarten I went on to first grade in Mrs. Gallay’s class, and this brings me to my position underneath the table. This was the year that I truly

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  • The Basics of Writing

    on Sep 18, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    creativewriting

    It’s no secret that writers are readers. Anne Lamott, American novelist and non-fiction writer, said “What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” Growing up, books were my saving grace. I devoured them. When I was lonely (more often than not)

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