Literacy Links – Volume 69

book list, literacy links, online learning, poetry, summer, writing

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Last week, I hosted a PD for my staff on creating Bitmoji digital libraries that you can access HERE. Before showing them how to build their Bitmoji digital libraries, I sprinkled in some PD on classroom libraries, how to curate a collection, and digital book platforms. Together with the how-to portion of the session, I don’t think I’ve ever talked THAT much during a PD! Afterwards, I reflected on how I could’ve avoided yapping for so long: HOW do you show people how to do something tech-y without telling them everything?! Regardless, it has been SO fun seeing everyone’s creations they’ve shared with me! I’m collecting them all for some summer reading fun at Center School. Stay tuned!!

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

Literacy Links – Volume 67

book list, literacy links, online learning, professional resources, writing

Bitmoji Virtual Library - Caring for the Earth

Two weeks ago, I shared my first iteration of a virtual library. Since then, I’ve seen lots of other versions pop up online so I expanded my repertoire and created my first Bitmoji virtual library. I couldn’t love it more! The collection’s focus is Caring for the Earth. All you or your students and families need to do is click on the image above, and then click on a book cover you want to read. You will be led to a read aloud or read along of the book! So fun, right? I learned all sorts of tricks to make this virtual library: how to make my first Bitmoji (I know, 4 years too late!), how to find images without background (Tip: Include “transparent” in the search box!), and how to remove backgrounds (Tip: Go to remove.bg!). This teacher’s tutorial was SO helpful. Maybe I’ll run a fun PD for teachers where we create a BUNCH of virtual libraries covering all sorts of topics. We could promote them for summer reading! Now my juices are flowing!!!

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

Literacy Links – Volume 66

literacy links, online learning, vocabulary

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This week’s Remote Learning Drop is an example of the text-talk approach of vocabulary instruction from Bringing Words to Life. My Loom video lesson includes a quick read aloud, brief language study lesson, and a Word Wizards Padlet where students can write their examples. Feel free to use this as a stand-alone lesson or riff off of it to make your own. Vocabulary instruction is my new mission. 🙂

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

Literacy Links – Volume 65

book list, literacy links, online learning, professional resources, science, writing

Screen Shot 2020-04-24 at 9.11.34 AMSince we’re officially continuing remote learning for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year, my new goal is to begin each forthcoming Literacy Links post with a remote learning instructional resource. I’ll make a video lesson and include all of the necessary resources to share with students. WOO HOO! This week’s lesson is for science: How to Make a Scientific Illustration. It comes with a video lesson, anchor chart, and virtual classroom library. I was so inspired by Clare Landrigan’s Virtual Classroom Library idea that I created a virtual bin around the theme “Think Like a Scientist”.

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Literacy Links – Volume 64

book list, literacy links, online learning, poetry, reading

Screen Shot 2020-04-16 at 10.20.35 AMThe book fair coordinators at my school arranged for an online book fair! Usually, I clear my schedule the week of the Book Fair so that I can attend as many classrooms’ visits to help kids find just right books. Since we’re all in quarantine though, I decided to book talk my way through the digital flyer that they sent home to families. After filming my book talks, I gathered book trailers for many of the books I recommended. Check out my recs here!

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Literacy Links – Volume 63

language study, literacy links, writing

My colleagues recorded a video message for our school community over the past two weeks. Normally, I love these types of assignments because I can be my creative self, but honestly, I wasn’t in the right head space to make anything fun. So my first submission was a photo of my hands holding the earrings I’ve been making. One of the organizing teachers contacted me about the lack of my face showing, and I let her know how I’d been feeling. When the deadline got extended, I was able to find some of my favorite Harry Potter characters to help me film a message for the students at my school. Turn on the light, indeed.

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

Literacy Links – Volume 62

Harry Potter, literacy links, online learning, poetry, reading

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Online teaching is no joke. This annotated snapshot of my materials sprawl for my recent PD alludes to my discomfort with teaching online. It makes me wonder: what does *students’* discomfort with *learning* online look like? We’re all doing our best in a situation that none of us signed up for, and I remain in awe of teachers around the world. They are my heroes. ❤

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

Literacy Links – Volume 61

grammar/conventions, literacy links, online learning, poetry, professional resources, writing

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What does a literacy coach do in quarantine? Reformat PD for teachers so they can access them on-demand and remotely! The first remote learning PD I developed was Writing Clinic #5: Demo Pieces. I decided to gather all of the Writing Clinics on a Padlet in case teachers had time to explore previous Writing Clinics. My latest quarantine PD is “History in the Making” Journals. It’s a flipped PD, which means teachers will explore the resources I’ve gathered and tinker with their journals on their own. Then we’ll share our experiences (NOT journals) in a Zoom on Wednesday, April 1 at 3:15. I’m really excited about continuing to offer PD online. 🙂

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

Literacy Links – Volume 60

Harry Potter, literacy links, online learning, professional resources, writing

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Hope everyone reading this and your families are doing ok.

Teaching and learning look very different right now. Although I am personally hoping that the only literacy work that students are doing is reading and keeping a journal, I think we can support that work by doing book talks and offering writing ideas and reminders, like tips for making books at home or capitalizing first word in a sentence (only accessible through LPS Google accounts). Students have a lot of unique experiences and feelings right now, so encourage them to document them as much as possible.

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Literacy Links – Volume 59

literacy links, online learning, writing

Screen Shot 2020-03-18 at 12.12.19 PMGoogle Hangout, or G-Hang as I’m calling it, with the Center School Grade 5 rockstars!

What a year the past week has been! At this time last week, I was prepping for a full day of PD that I was slated to co-lead with the other literacy coaches. By the end of the day though, I’d completely abandoned those plans and started collecting all of the resources for online learning I’d been retweeting. They are now all being collected (because it’s an ongoing project!) on this Padlet:

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Although this journey has been a whirlwind and my mind is flooded, one idea that keeps floating to the surface is connection, connection, connection. So I started a Flipgrid that I’m calling “Center School Connection Zone“.

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Flipgrid is an awesome platform that allows people to post video responses, so it’ll give us a chance to see and asynchronously (<–anyone else learn this word this week?!) interact with each other. This Flipgrid is password protected, so check your email to gain access! I miss you, cardinals! Be well…<3

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