Literacy Links – Volume 46

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At last October’s Saturday Reunion at Teachers College, Janet Steinberg, TCRWP’s data queen, talked about embedding academic language in our everyday discussions, instructions, and conversations with students. Academic language is Tier 2 words that students often encounter in directions, lectures, and other places of sophisticated talk. Instead of saying, “What is the theme in our read aloud?” try “Determine the theme in this selection.” By lifting the level of discourse, students would already be familiar with these words before encountering high-stakes situations and, more significantly, be more likely to use these Tier 2 words in their own output. I changed the topic of my Alphaboxes outside the Reading Lounge to showcase some of these words; stop by to see them up close. What other academic language would you add?

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

Literacy Links – Volume 44

book list, literacy links, professional resources, technology

 

Inspired by all the amazing PD I’ve done recently at Teachers College and Literacy for All, I’m hosting Writing Clinics on all of Center’s teacher-led staff meetings. Each session will have a different focus, and no registration required. The first session is this coming Monday, and I can’t wait!

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

Literacy Links – Volume 43

book list, literacy links, reading, technology

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Last weekend, I took the train to Manhattan to go to Teachers College’s biannual Saturday Reunion with one other teacher from Center. This is a day of FREE PD for teachers and well worth the crack of dawn wake-up and travel. At one of the sessions, a staff developer shared that the anchor chart sticky notes are NOW AVAILABLE as a single page. Since teachers have been taking screen shots or adjusting printer settings to print four-six to a page, this news received an enthusiastic response from the teachers in the audience. I can’t wait to share it with Center teachers!

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

Literacy Links – Volume 41

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I get a book budget every year, and I alternate between updating teachers’ classroom libraries (with their input about what their students want!) and the school’s book room. Last year was a book room update. I focused on buying #ownvoices and #weneeddiversebooks titles. The books all arrived by the end of June, so I spent a good part of my summer volunteering my time to level and label all of the new books. I decided to put them in special bins for each level so that teachers would realize new options were available!

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

Literacy Links – Volume 39

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I love Open House! When I was a classroom teacher, I documented “A Day in the Life of a Student in Ms. Vigna’s Class” with pictures, student work, and resources. Since I don’t have a classroom anymore (sniff, sniff!), I’m preparing the Connector, the underground tunnel connecting the two wings of our school, to be a land of literacy resources. The first addition to the hallway is a “Books are mirrors, windows, and doors” display inspired by Dr. Rudine Bishop Sims and graphic artist Grant Snider. If you’re a Center School family member, PLEASE visit me in the Connector. I’d LOVE to talk with your about supporting your cardinal’s reading and writing!

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

Literacy Links – Volume 38

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Back to school is one of my favorite times of the school year! As a coach, I schedule read alouds in every classroom to introduce myself to students and enjoy a great book together. Whenever I work with teachers, I always find a resource to share with them that supports the work I’m doing. For my first round of read alouds at Center, I shared the teacher’s grade level section about interactive read aloud from Fountas and Pinnell’s Literacy Continuum. During my second year, I shared Lester Laminack’s “Read Aloud Often and Well” from NCTE. This year, I decided to go with creating my own little cheat sheet about one of my favorite literacy practices: #classroombookaday. #classroombookaday is an initiative started by a teacher librarian in Wisconsin, Jillian Heise, to read aloud a picture book every single day for pleasure. No required curriculum connections, no higher order thinking questions preplanned, just a simple read aloud. My cheat sheet briefly describes the practice and provides resources to explore. I’m hoping it piques the interest of some teachers. Imagine if every teacher at Center did their own #classroombookaday!

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