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The Core of the Common Core, Part 4: The Anchor Standards for Language

Today we round out our synthesis of the Common Core anchor standards by looking carefully at the standards for language. Once again we attach the disclaimer that while an interesting exercise, these renderings should not replace the work of reading the complete standards closely. Conventions of Standard English 1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of…

Leaning into Reading (Part 2): Because School Said So

In yesterday’s post we dealt with the issue of “forced” reading and contemplated the balancing act that we sometimes perform as we nudge children toward reading that they’re not naturally enthused about. Over the summer, Kim’s older son, Matthew, faced some forced reading, too; however, unlike Jan’s son, Natie, who was given a book that…

What Teachers are Saying...

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Joan Moser of “The 2 Sisters"

2016-07-27T11:29:54+00:00

Joan Moser of “The 2 Sisters"

Reading Wellness reminds us that nothing is more essential to our classrooms than caring for our children’s minds, beliefs, and passions. It is a prescription for student-centered instruction in the truest sense.

Christopher Lehman

2016-07-27T11:39:42+00:00

Christopher Lehman

So many people have said that your session was the best staff development that we have had at our school – we all desperately want you to come back…

Jan Busey, Estes Elementary, Literacy Coach, Buncombe County Schools, North Carolina

2016-07-27T11:41:06+00:00

Jan Busey, Estes Elementary, Literacy Coach, Buncombe County Schools, North Carolina

They came in with ideas and lessons that have empowered the teachers to revisit their ‘inner teacher’ and opened the door to creative thinking again. As one teacher stated, ‘What better way to spend my day!

Sandy Keaton, Elementary Language Arts Instructional Facilitator, Howard County Schools, Maryland

2016-07-27T11:42:23+00:00

Sandy Keaton, Elementary Language Arts Instructional Facilitator, Howard County Schools, Maryland