Literacy Links – Volume 32

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I bet you’ve read some GREAT books this year! The Reading Ambassadors have nominated books for awards in several different categories, and the winners will be revealed at the Summer Reading Assembly on June 7th. Check out the display of all of the nominees outside the library; maybe one of YOUR favorites will win!

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 31

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Do you have books your family is ready to donate? Bring them to Center for the Reading Ambassadors’ Book Drive! After just one week, we’ve filled FIVE boxes! We’ll continue for a while longer, so send in your book donations!

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 30

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Dear Ms. Vinson,

You taught me sixth grade AG language arts at Githens Middle School during 1990-1991 school year. It was a year of firsts: middle school, class in a trailer, creative writing, getting published, and learning the difference between Miss and Ms. I had always been a compliant student; school came easily to me. But your classroom was the first time I’d been inspired by a teacher. I loved ALL of our projects because of the allowance and appreciation for creativity. That was my niche, and I hadn’t even realized it before being in your class. You probably never would’ve known about the impact you had on my learning and being because I was, and still am, painfully shy and introverted. But maybe you had a hunch after I left you a copy of my latest published story in your mailbox in seventh grade.

When I became a teacher, I proudly ordered a “Ms. Vigna” stamp to identify my books in the classroom library. I enthusiastically described the difference between Miss and Ms. and even kept the title after I got married, divorced, and married again. My first students all sent their creative writing off to be published, and I’ve made a web of characters more than once to show characters’ connections in a complex story. Your teaching changed my life and my students’ lives.

Thank you for being so amazing. You were a once in a lifetime experience, and I can only hope that my children will have a similarly powerful experience with a teacher someday.

Happy teacher appreciation week!

Vanessa Vigna

P.S. I *still* know all of my helping verbs.

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 29

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IT’S BOOK FAIR WEEK! The most wonderful time of the year, in my opinion. With MCAS testing right around the corner, my literacy coaching schedule was light this week, so I was able to visit many classrooms’ visits to the Book Fair to book talk as many books as possible. Look for the Reading Ambassadors’ recommendations, too!

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 28

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Welcome back, Center School! I hope you had spectacular vacations and read lots of great books. The day before spring break, the Reading Ambassadors hosted their spirit day: “Dress up like a favorite book character.” They even created a great photobooth backdrop using pages of discarded books. So many students popped by for a snap!

Here is two weeks (I came across some great resources over break!) of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 28

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Reading Ambassador events will be happening frequently over the last months of school. We’ve got Spirit Day this Friday, a book drive, a newspaper going to press, Community Readers, another classroom getting “bookmarked”, a red carpet awards-themed Summer Reading Assembly, and MORE. You know I’ll share updates and photos here. Can’t wait for you to see the fruits of their labor!

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 27

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The next Reading Ambassadors schoolwide event is a spirit day on Friday, April 12th: Dress Up Like a Favorite Book Character! They’re also suggesting that students bring in a book donation for a classroom book swap so everyone has a new book to read over break. I’m already putting together my costume. Want a hint?…Bunny ears! WHO will I be on spirit day? Find out April 12th!

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 26

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FullSizeRenderMy literacy coach consult booth during conferences

During conferences last week, I hosted literacy coach consultations. I gathered lots of resources, information, and peppermints to entice parents to visit and chat about supporting their readers and writers. I *loved* talking with families about great early chapter books, how to access audio books for free, and the value of graphic novels all night long. Can’t wait to do it again in the fall!

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 25

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Waking up before sunrise to get a front row seat to hear Jason Reynolds at TCRWP’s Saturday Reunion was ABSOLUTELY worth it! What a keynote! Moving, enigmatic, funny, nostalgic, and POWERFUL. I couldn’t even take notes because I was so absorbed in his words. Words that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since…wow.

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

 

Literacy Links – Volume 24

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The highlight of last week was the final session of the High Quality Teacher Share I led called “Making a Literacy Toolkit”. The five participants, teachers from kindergarten to fourth grade, worked on Tuesday afternoons for ten weeks on a literacy toolkit of their choosing. For our final session, we laid out our toolkits for a gallery walk. My favorite part was asking them to leave words of praise or encouragement for each other in a little envelope that could be added to their toolkits as a reminder of their hard and amazing work. Brava, teachers!

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment: