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!

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Literacy Links – Volume 23

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I’m pumped for next weekend’s Saturday Reunion at the always gorgeous and inspiring Teachers College with keynote speaker, Jason Reynolds. Every time I’ve gone, I’ve taken PAGES of notes and left with *almost* TOO MANY ideas. This session: I’m hoping to meet Mr. Reynolds and attend as many coaching and toolkit sessions as possible. I submitted my SAC request, did you?!

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Literacy Links – Volume 22

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I launched rainbow PD this week, and it might be my favorite thing ever. Especially this Maya Angelou clip. She is such an inspiration.

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Literacy Links – Volume 21

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Some of Center’s Reading Ambassadors “bookmarked” a classroom door! They spent about two sessions creating the parts before installing it today. What classroom will get “bookmarked” next?

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Literacy Links- Volume 20

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This week at Harry Potter Club, we did a lot of making. Did YOU find one of our corner bookmarks with a “Read more Harry Potter” slogan? We hope so! We want as many people as possible to read the books!

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Literacy Links – Volume 19

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The High Quality Teacher Share on Making Literacy Toolkits is half over, and I am so proud of teachers’ ideas for and dedication to their toolkits. We have everything from a kindergarten reading toolkit to a fourth grade realistic fiction writing toolkit in forms ranging from sketchbooks to ARC notebooks and binders. Together, they’ve troubleshooted issues and shared ideas. Soon, teachers will start using their toolkits with students, and I can’t wait to hear about how it goes!

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Literacy Links – Volume 18

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After weeks of organizing, brainstorming, and planning, some of the Reading Ambassadors will finally start revealing their projects. One group is surprising a class with a book cover door creation. Can you guess what book this is? Which Center classroom will be “bookmarked” (their trademark!) first?

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Literacy Links – Volume 17

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img_0211Center’s kindergarten super readers celebration

Kindergarteners had an exciting week. To celebrate the end of their super readers unit, in which they learned about their pattern power, pointer power, picture power, and more, kindergarteners and their teachers came to school dressed as superheroes. Singing their Super Reader theme song to the tune of the original Spiderman show and hearing a story read aloud by Superhero Hutton were just parts of their celebrations. It was a joyful experience that I’m so grateful our youngest readers got to experience. Brava to our amazing kindergarten team!

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Literacy Links – Volume 16

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I’ve been digging into Patterns of Power A LOT lately. And I’m loving it even more than I did last year. Ten minutes a day. Very little prep. Student-centered. Inquiry-based. Most beneficially, it raises students’ language consciousness. They are more aware of their choices as writers and the effects their choices make on their readers. Let me know if you’re interested in exploring POP together.

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Literacy Links – Volume 15

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I hope everyone had a great break from school! Whenever I travel, I make a point to visit literary locations: bookstores, libraries, authors’ homes, etc. Over break, I visited my old stomping grounds in NYC and checked out the public library and Books Are Magic, a Brooklyn bookstore. It was, indeed, magical. The children’s section in the back had a hexagonal book nook that my two year-old thoroughly enjoyed. I can’t wait to go back!

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