After the pandemic walloped the world, Amy Adams, an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn, New York; realized she needed to brush up her technology skills, if she wanted to survive in the job that was more than a job, it was her passion.
“The Choice is Yours” by Black Sheep. I used to love this song, and still do. My favorite part of the song was/is the following: Engine, Engine, Number 9 On the New York transit line If my train goes off the track Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up! It’s Easter time, a […]
Story about Pat. Pat slowly got up from the mat, planning the escape. Pat hesitated a moment and thought. Things were not going well. What was most bothersome was being held, especially since the charge had been weak. Pat considered the present situation. Pat was aware that it was because of the early roughness that […]
The Common Core Standards are heavily immersed in what is known as “Close Reading.” What is close reading? This publication in Educational Leadership gives a good overview. After reading this, here are three “big ideas” of my own: I agree that getting students to self-question is crucial, and if we want students to independently ask questions that lead […]
Happy International Literacy Day! We always tell students that reading is important. This video can be used to help them understand WHY reading is important. [wp-svg-icons icon=”point-down” wrap=”i”] [vooplayer vooid=’NTI3ODU=’ width=’600 height=’390′] Video credits: DNews
As readers and writers, it’s important to know how a character’s decisions affect the direction of the story. This can lead to quality discussions about character traits and overall character development. A character’s decisions can also point to the developing theme(s), which students sometimes have trouble determining. Better Plotting: 7 Ways Your Character Can Screw Up […]
With Chronicle, it’s easy to manage and track reading assessments. Here’s one option: Using the integrated grade book, I enter TC Assessments as the Grading Event Category (my district uses reading assessments developed by Columbia University’s Teachers College – hence, “TC Assessments”). I then insert the students’ reading levels prior to entering my class (see June […]