With today’s changing educational landscape, the roles of Literacy Coach and Technology Teacher have shifted and blended in some ways. It’s our goal to get you thinking about using your Technology Teacher and Literacy Coach together for more support for both you and your students. (more…)
Literacy Refresher 2.0
Who: Any teacher interested in pushing their thinking about literacy instruction. This course will be designed to accommodate teachers who attended the Literacy Refresher last year and will also support teachers who would like to join us for the first time.
What: Literacy Refresher 2.0
“A child’s name is a wonderfully engaging place to start learning the features of print.” – Fountas and Pinnell, Literacy Beginnings, page 194
The Power of a Name
The beginning of the year is when we look for ways to focus a student’s attention, knowing if we can grab their attention early the students will likely be more engaged. A child’s name can lead them to understanding the concept of a word. Children can learn names of family members, classmates and teachers.
In the first days, we spend class time: (more…)
It’s that time of year. We’ve dusted our classroom shelves, rearranged our books (and added a few new title), established our meeting spaces, and arranged our classrooms for learning. Now the fun begins! Next week our learners will walk in our door and our communities will start to find their way in learning together. This year, we’ll nurture our young readers and writers — and bring a few more to the dark side. ;o) As we begin the new year, there are a few literacy news items for you.
How did we get to May? Though this time of year is busy, spring gives us the opportunity to look back while planning forward. These last weeks of school are the perfect time to gather our community to note the growth we have made across the year. When we reflect on the books we have read, the writing we have done, and the new learning we have accomplished across the year, we can find much to celebrate. Much of this work is done by our students as they consider all they have accomplished in the year, but we also carve out time to sit beside our literacy learners for more formal assessments. In our district, we utilize Fountas & Pinnell’s Benchmark Assessment to look at the growth our readers have made.
Whether in my role as a classroom teacher, reading support teacher, or literacy coach, looking at these end of year assessments can provide an opportunity to: (more…)
While every day is a good day for poetry, I find myself pretty excited when the calendar turns to April. April is National Poetry Month. Here are 5 sites you want to know for the month:
The Poem Farm: The Poem Farm is Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s poetry website. At her site you will find a daily poem, Poem Peeks (classroom poetry spotlight), helpful tips for writing poetry, and links to past poems. Amy has a link to SoundCloud for each poem where she reads the poem aloud…perfect for younger readers. At her site, you can search by type of poetry or topic. This site is a treasure trove of poetry. (more…)
“When we simply bring a traditional mind-set to literacy practices, and not a mind-set that understands new literacies into the process of digital writing, we cannot make the substantive changes to our teaching that need to happen in order to embrace the full potential of collaboration and design that digital writing offers.”
-Troy Hicks, “The Digital Writing Workshop” (p 2)
The first time I read this quote, I paused and took a deep breath. There’s so much power in this one quote that I have returned to it time and time again; each time it makes me ask if I am doing enough. It’s probably the quote that pushed me to dig deeper and work to provide my students with more digital opportunities. It’s probably this quote that pushed me to make changes in my practice that would open new doors for students. It’s this quote that made me reach beyond my classroom and let go of some of the control I had hung onto in our daily learning. (more…)