Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Scavenger Hunt from Writing Fix! Fun!

 Here is a pretty good tool for any school that wants to spend collaboration time exploring some of the best things at WritingFix, so I am including a link to the document:  Feel free to share this scavenger hunt with your administrator or colleagues.  Request that your staff be given time to do the "hunt," especially if you're at a school where very few teachers are using WritingFix.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Must See for Free - Meshing the Common Core

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2011 Free Webinar Series
Common Core Standards Call for Uncommon Shifts in Practices

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2011
Time: 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT
Duration: 1 hour
Sponsor: SunGard K-12 Education

We are continuously challenged to meet the demands of the 21st century.  After many years of putting research into action, we finally have a national set of standards that is far reaching and will help us to provide rigorous curriculum, instruction and assessment. Most districts have already been aligning their curriculum to their own state standards. The Common Core will have implications for the work that has already been accomplished.  This webinar will provide some insights into what is new in the Common Core and how to build on what has already been done in your district.
After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  • "Unpack" the common core for its key elements

  • Develop a process for making system adjustments to curriculum maps

  • Consider the implications for developing performance based assessments

  • Facilitate conversations among teachers in Professional Learning Communities

  • Build Collaborative Strategies for Success


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    Webinar Speakers:
    Bena Kallick, Ph.D.
    Education Consultant

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    Dr. Bonnie Troxell
    Berks County Intermediate Unit 14, Berks County, PA

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    Monday, March 14, 2011

    Resources for Lessons on Japan's Recent Earthquake - Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

    • Where to find resources to help students process the devastation in Japan: Following major crises, such as last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, students will inevitably have questions or need help processing the events, says educator Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben. In this blog, she offers several free Internet resources to help guide lesson planning and answer students' questions. Yahoo! (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

    • A note on helping relief efforts in Japan, from Rick Stamberger, CEO of SmartBrief: If you or your company, organization or group want to help the Japanese people recover from last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami but aren't sure how to do so, InterAction provides options. An alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental aid organizations, InterAction has compiled a list of groups that are accepting private, corporate and group donations, along with some guidelines for the most appropriate ways to help. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

    Thursday, March 10, 2011


    The webinar scheduled for March 17 will be rescheduled.  

    Please check this blog for an update.


    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

    Do education policies ignore the facts?

    • Here is a link to a blog post based on the Hechinger Report - a review of educational policies.  
    • I think it is worth a quick read.  It is a sign of the times and as educators we need to be aware of - and respond - to the decisions impacting the students we serve.

    • Education policymakers may be overlooking evidence-based strategies as they work to craft new priorities, says education writer Sarah Garland. The push to allow larger class sizes and implement merit pay for teachers are among the issues that continue to be debated, despite existing evidence of their effectiveness or lack thereof, she writes. The Hechinger Report/HechingerEd Blog (3/8)H

    Saturday, March 5, 2011

    Latest letter from Writing Fix! Accept the challenge and publish a student from our state!

    Happy March, all!

    March's featured writing activities:  The lesson of the month and the prompt of the month can both be directly accessed from this link:
    • This month's featured lesson is a writing-about-vocabulary lesson that is partially inspired by Debra Frazier's Miss Alaineus and Barry Lane's 51 Wacky We-Search Reports.  Be sure to check out the student samples page; they'll inspire you to want to try this lesson!
    • The prompt of the month is inspired by the writing process and the picture books of the great illustrator/author David Wiesner.  If your students have been keeping writer's notebooks, this is a perfect prompt to get them excited about adding a page to it.

    Other WritingFix News of Note:  We posted over four dozen new students at various lessons at WritingFix in the last month.  This very well could be the last year we're able to send teachers a free NNWP Resource for helping us publish their students' work that is inspired by WritingFix lessons.  If you're using any WF lessons, and want to share final drafts from your students, look for the publishing links at each lesson that take you to our posting ning.  At present, we have student writers from 33 of our 50 United States featured at WritingFix, which is pretty great.  By the end of the school year, I'd personally love to have it up to 40 states.  If you see your state's name on the following list, please become the first teacher from your state to publish a student:
    • Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming.
    For information on how we safely publish and celebrate student writers from classrooms all over the country, visit our Student Publishing Information Page!

    Have a great month, everybody.