"You cannot help but learn more as you take the world up in your hands. Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it." John Updike
Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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Sunday, November 7, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
It started innocently enough. The first student grabbed his scissors and started making a huge character. The scissors, glue and paper were all over the floor. It wasn't long until the scissors came out again. This time for a shark and some small fish. Then scissors were out everywhere!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
“A teacher’s job ...is always to bridge from the known to the new .... Our job is not to wish that students knew more or knew differently. Our job is to turn students’ knowledge and the diversity of knowledge we encounter into a curricular strength rather than an instructional inconvenience.
- How confident are learners?
- What are their attitudes about reading and writing?
- What do they prefer to read and write about in our workshops?
- Do they read and write with purpose?
- Do they have a sense of story?
- Is there a match between literacies (is there a match between what they know in reading and writing, or a difference between the two)?
- What oral language structures do they use (do these carry over to their writing)?
- Do they monitor and self-correct?
- What is their experience with books, writing, and story?
- What strategies do they have in place for reading and writing?
- What do they know about letters and words?
Thursday, August 12, 2010
- Boy Books: Katie shared 10 Books Boys Can't Live Without at Creative Literacy.
- Story Elements: Nancy shared 10 books by telling about the story elements she teaches with her favorites.
- Teaching Suggestions: Dawn shared her list with some great suggestions for teaching with picture books in your classroom.
- Monthly Favorites: Esme shared her favorite books for each month.
- Native Authors: This list is amazing (and so is the information shared)! Debbie shares her 10 favorite children's literature titles about American Indians. I know American Indians are underrepresented in my classroom library so I'm looking forward to checking out the books on this list. I hope to find some new titles for my classroom.
- African American Titles: Here's another list you won't want to miss. Karen shares her 10 favorite African American titles.
- "Chicken Soup" for the Teacher's Soul: You absolutely cannot miss Ann Marie's 10 days of stories about her 10 favorites (day 1 is here). I'm not sure how to manage to link to all of them, but they start on August 11th. In each post Ann Marie shares a story behind the book she has chosen.
- Books for All: Susan shared an intermediate and a primary list of favorites.