Saturday, January 26, 2013

Here is an update from the webmaster for writing fix. Enjoy.

Now that I can upload to the site again, it'll take a tiny bit of time to "catch up" on the lessons of the month.
Today, I have posted the lesson that would have served as December's lesson had I been able to post in December.  Here is the link:  
This December lesson is an extension on what's become the most popular lesson at my site, which is based on "The Boy Who Loved Words" (my lesson from September):  I have had a great time turning my kiddos into "vocabulary collectors" this year.
Remember, all past lessons can be accessed from the on-line archive here:
I will post the January lesson in the next few days.  February should--more or less--be posted on time, and then we'll be back on schedule for March.  Thanks for you patience in this transition from the old site to the new, improved server.
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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Here is some great information on the impact of digital writing and reading! Courtesy of Choice Literacy! Enjoy!!

The Big Fresh Newsletter from Choice Literacy
Here are two features from the Choice Literacy archives to help you rethink digital reading and writing in your classroom.
Andrea Smith finds her classroom library needs a refresh to reflect new resources, opportunities, and challenges with digital reading:
Troy Hicks is a national leader in assisting teachers as they integrate more digital writing tools into their literacy workshops. In this podcast, he talks about how to balance the use of new digital resources with what we know is essential in workshops, regardless of technological changes:
Choice Literacy contributor Maria Caplin provides digital resources to help students read and write like scientists on her blog 21st Century Literacy:
Skype an Author provides a wealth of resources and guidance if you're interested in connecting your students with favorite writers virtually. There are 10-15 minute free options with many writers, and longer visits can be arranged for a fee:
Chad Sansing explains how technological innovations are helping him shift from a writers workshop to a makers workshop in this provocative essay from the National Writing Project:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Writing Summaries - Courtesy of Choice Literacy

Heather Rader helps a sixth-grade teacher whose students are writing "dreadful" summaries by showing her how to provide more support and quality models:
What is "authentic" writing in this digital age? Summaries are a large part of the equation, from writing thoughtful captions to succinct tweets. Susan Lucille Davis lists the many kinds of writing that students of all ages must be able to tackle in a socially mediated world:
Kevin Hodgson has a creative take on summaries, challenging his students to write research project summaries "tweet-style" in 15 words or less:

Saturday, January 5, 2013

News from Corbett Harrison! Enjoy:}

Please visit the "Writing Lesson of the Month" Ning ASAP if you're having trouble with either your Writer's Notebook Bingo Cards or you haven't received your January slides for "Sacred Writing Time."  Both these products' perks/resources are being offered freely at the NING for the next two weeks while I work out the remaining glitches that have come to the surface as we moved servers.   
Access to the Bingo Cards' notebook lessons for January and February, and the January set of Sacred Writing Slides are available from the Ning's front page.  Check them out here:  
My sincere apologies for the glitch in sending out monthly lessons lately.  Read the following, if you're curious as to what's going on and when I expect to have the problems resolved:  When you start a website, it's a pretty simple process, and you hope it takes off.  Then if/when it does, sometimes you discover you don't have sophisticated-enough knowledge or enough  experience to take your resource website to the next level without lots of headaches, and e-mails and phone calls to tech support.
My classroom website-- "taken off," which means it's receiving so much daily traffic that it needed to have its own virtual server dedicated just to it.  This costs me a bit more, and it requires a transition time to move (or "migrate") to the site, but having so many teachers visiting my site is not something I complain about.  It's kind of thrilling.
THAT SAID, please know that I have officially moved to the new server, but we're discovering lots of little glitches that I am currently ironing out with tech help.  Here are a few that might pertain to you:
  • The links in the center of the BINGO CARDS aren't currently working with the new dedicated server I have purchased and set up; for whatever reason, you can no longer access my website if you put a "WWW" in front of my web address, and many of the Bingo Card lessons were programmed with that WWW.  In most cases, if you delete the WWW in front of the page address, you will have access again.  Please click here to have working links for both the January and February notebook lessons.
  • Many customers (mostly those with GMAIL accounts) who have paid for products/subscriptions at the site have had their products start ending up in the SPAM or JUNK folders instead of their mailboxes.  Something with the new server's e-mail program isn't playing nicely with some of my customer's e-mail address.  Please check your JUNK or SPAM e-mail folder for a message sent on December 30, if you paid for and haven't received your January-March Sacred Writing Slides.  Please e-mail me only if you can't locate the updates  in your SPAM folders; for immediate access to January's slides, click here.
  • November's Lesson of the Month (and December's, for that matter) aren't posted anymore.  When the new webpage migrated over, it took the files from October on and moved them, but not any files newer than those.  I have not been able to update the site at all since it migrated.  I am working on this.  My apologies if you were trying to access the lesson from November.  All will be fixed soon.
Again...I thank you for your patience.  I will make it up to all of you who've come to respect my work by putting up some pretty fun, Common-core friendly resources I've recently developed as soon as the website is acting the way it's supposed to.
--Corbett Harrison

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

This is an excellent, practical book for teachers who are just implementing the common core. Well worth the read. You can purchase a digital copy on Amazon,com

The Core Six: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core
Harvey F. Silver, R. Thomas Dewing, & Matthew J. Perini
About This Book
Odds are, your state has adopted the Common Core State Standards. You know how the standards emerged, what they cover, and how they are organized. But how do you translate the new standards into practice?
Enter the Core Six: six research-based, classroom-proven strategies that will help you and your students respond to the demands of the Common Core. Thanks to more than 40 years of research and hands-on classroom testing, the authors know the best strategies to increase student engagement and achievement and prepare students for college and career. Best of all, these strategies can be used across all grade levels and subject areas.
The Core Six include
  1. Reading for Meaning.
  2. Compare & Contrast.
  3. Inductive Learning.
  4. Circle of Knowledge.
  5. Write to Learn.
  6. Vocabulary's CODE.
For each strategy, this practical book provides
  • Reasons for using the strategy to address the goals of the Common Core.
  • The research behind the strategy.
  • A checklist for implementing the strategy in the classroom.
  • Multiple sample lessons that illustrate the strategy in action.
  • Planning considerations to ensure your effective use of the strategy.
Any strategy can fall flat in the classroom. By offering tips on how to capture students' interest, deepen students' understanding of each strategy, use discussion and questioning techniques to extend student thinking, and ask students to synthesize and transfer their learning, The Core Six will ensure that your instruction is inspired rather than tired.
The Core Six: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core
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