Audio/ Video Chat Conferences? Why Didn't I Think of That?
August 20, 2012
Of course, this could never replace the teacher/student conference, and this idea also assumes iPad, iTouch and iPod technology. But looking through a half-full glass, I see many different ways that this could alleviate the pressure that teachers feel to see the student work and provide timely, meaningful feedback. If nothing else, this website is full of great teacher-to-teacher created lessons. Check it out by clicking here!
Teachers College Reading and Writing Project
August 22, 2012
A wealth of knowledge already exists on the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project website. We don't always have to "reinvent the wheel" from scratch. Here are some of the links/documents that I have found most helpful on the website:
- 6-8 curriculum guides (updated each year) - you'll need to register to get this information
- piloted performance tasks for each grade level
- Social Studies non-fiction text resources
- professional development opportunities
- frequently used booklists
- narrative and informational student work
- narrative writing continuum
This only skims the surface of the amount of information available to you on this site. Colleagues, If you need help navigating the site, please shoot me an email and I will walk you through it. It's worth the time!
Avi's BlogSeptember 3, 2012
Avi's website is dynamic because it is set up for readers, teachers, and students of all kids. Twice a week, Avi updates a blog where he talks to teachers and students about writing amongst other great resources. Who best to learn from than Avi? Click here to go to Avi's site and click on 'blog'. Also, Avi recommended a site called Instant Serials. Here you can serialize short novels online and schedule times for students to talk about the books. Teachers can moderate the discussions. We can create a short story community where students can access the story and the conversation with teacher moderation. Yet another way to bring the reading and writing community to our classrooms. Love it!
September 4, 2012Click here to start exploring and have fun!
New York Times Blog
September 4, 2012
"12 Ways to Use the Learning Network Blog This Year" is filled with ideas that could be used for articles of the week, non-fiction read alouds, or mentor texts. This site is also a great source for informational reading and could be used to help authentic learning in reading and writing workshop alike.
Live BindersSeptember 18, 2012
Click here to sign up to create an account and explore... It's free and the sky's the limit!
From Common Core to Curriculum:
5 Big IdeasSeptember 20, 2012
Click here to read the article.
Common Core Practice Prompts: New York Times Learning NetworkOctober 8, 2012
here to check it out.