Sunday, January 29, 2012

Md. county may eliminate reading instruction in middle school - courtesy of ASCD

  • Here is a great article on integrating writing across the content areas as a required instructional format.  This is consistent with what we have been examining through staff development in Maine.  Bravo!
    School board officials in Howard County, Md., are considering a new schedule for middle-school students that would eliminate traditional reading classes. Instead, literacy instruction would be integrated in other courses throughout the school day. The change would not affect students reading below grade level, who still would receive reading-specific instruction, and advanced readers could elect to take a course in "advanced inquiry and innovation." The Sun (Baltimore) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Friday, January 20, 2012

January Lesson of the Month:}

  • Our lesson of the month for January was written and originally presented at the NNWP's Pinon Poetry Festival back in 2007 by the fan-tabulous Kim Polson, a great Northern Nevada teacher and mentor.  If you're studying the poetic language of Martin Luther King, Jr's, "I Have a Dream" speech at all this month, here is a perfect follow-up poetry lesson.  Kim's Between Repeated Lines poetry lesson has students choose a line worth repeating (like "I have a dream"), then developing a poem about a family member that repeats that important line.

  • My writer's notebook prompt of the month, Personified Vocabulary Words, requires students to assign personalities, outfits, and professions to interesting vocabulary words from Language Arts, math, science, and history vocabulary words.  Be sure to check out my students' samples from this lesson, which are posted online at the lesson; my kids did a stunningly creative job with this writing task.

Courtesy of Corbett Harrison, Writing Fix Webmaster

Friday, January 13, 2012

Great Resource for Writing!

Here is a great, new, multimedia portal : PBS LearningMedia
Did you know, PBS LearningMedia is one of the only programs for teachers that allow schools access to the U.S. Department of Education’s Learning Registry.  

This *free* multimedia portal contains thousands of interactive content of photos, video, and audio files from federal organizations like NASA, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives.  

PBS LearningMedia, which features a robust content library with over 16,000 digital assets, includes lesson plans, background essays, and discussion questions for PreK-12 educators Darlene ,that are designed and aligned to core standards.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Great Opportunity - Twitter Chat: eSchool News & ASCD discuss Common Core State Standards January 19, 2012 at 1 p.m. ET

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