Excite Young Writers with Blogging

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Tweet Blogging is a form of writing and for young writers, AKA our students, it can be an exciting venue to express their thoughts and complete assignments! I experimented with student blogging at the end of last year in June.  Yes, it was the last month of school and I went ahead with the plan.  […]

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Literacy Is Essential

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Tweet It’s perfect timing for this guest post by Amanda Beacon.  My last post Blueberries and Students talks about how we educators are required to teach all students, that is part of the promise of public education.  Here, Amanda discusses this further and poses a possible solution to the issue of many who struggle with […]

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Making Paper Blogs to Prepare for the Online Experience

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Tweet I’ve decided to take my students on a fun-filled blogging journey for the last few weeks of school.  In some ways I think I might be crazy trying to do this in such little time, but my guts are telling me to, “Just do it!”  I’m glad I listened! I decided to start as […]

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Teacher Poetry

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Tweet Teachers love poetry too!  We should be reading and creating it as much as we want our students to. Last night was a fun 4th grade chat ( #4thchat) on Twitter with other 4th grade teachers.  The topic was poetry and one teacher, Nancy Carroll ‏ @ncarroll24 asked: Does anyone write poems alongside their […]

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4+1 Reasons to Get Poetry into Your Classroom

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Tweet Poetry is great!  ‘Come on, don’t you agree?  Poetry can be sweet and rhyme-y or in-your-face  and raw.  It contains so much passion, so many illusions.  It can tell a story, describe an emotion, explain a situation or throw down the truth.  But how much time do we actually commit to poetry in our […]

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The Poetry Project eResource is Here!

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Tweet Just in time for April (Poetry Month) and as a send out to March (Literacy Month), I’ve finally epublished my latest eresource – The Poetry Project as the first in a series I will continue to add to in the months ahead. The series of books is The Independent Project Series.  The purpose of […]

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Pre-Game Excitement (and reading)

Here's an interesting picture of me, the rockin' 80's teacher from Halloween day.  Yes, we had reading groups on Halloween!  I don't usually dress like this for reading groups.

Tweet Pre-Game excitement – You know what I mean.  You get dressed up, read up on stats, pump yourself up, maybe put on a little rock and roll and get excited about what’s about to happen on the field or court or ring.  So what does this have to do with reading?  Plenty.  Our students […]

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Engaging Readers with Reading – the What, the Why and the How

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Tweet Earlier this week, we brought you Kristina’s piece on Writing. Today she reflects on reading and the importance of establishing a love of reading in our students. She concludes with a perspective on assessment. ~EMP The Story: The success I had last year with the reading intervention program Language! was not simply a result […]

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Writing: When Experience Molds Your Teaching – the What, the Why and the How

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Tweet This week, Kristina Peterson is back with a two part series about reading and writing and how two experiences have influenced hers as a teacher.  You will enjoy these reflective pieces and I encourage you to add your own thoughts too.  First – Writing… ~EMP The Story: Eleven years ago I created a portfolio […]

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