If She Can See It, She Can Be It

A few months ago my daughter and I spent an afternoon at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. We always enjoy a visit there, but this time was different. My incredibly intelligent and aware 4 year old asked, “Mommy, why are there no girls here?” She was right. Women were markedly absent from museum displays, as if they played no part in the construction of the transcontinental railroad. So.. Read More

Fluent Reading and Spelling – new product at TpT

I hope you’ll take a look at my updated resource on TpT! My primary grade students and struggling readers excelled with these materials and I know your students will too! Sound-Along combines music, pictures, make-and-break lessons, and little books for ample engagement and practice so every student can master Common Core phonemes. Take a look at this preview to see how Sound-Along works and go to the TpT tab to.. Read More

A New Page Design – hang in there!

If you’ve stopped by LitCentric before (thank you!) then you probably recognize I’m trying out a new design. It’s long overdue, but today I’m reminded as to why I put it off for so long. It’s a pain! As soon as you click that “update” button it seems like everything goes out of whack. My menu is working again (finally), but many of my photos are still a bit wonky… Read More

Save at TpT – today and tomorrow only!

In case you’ve been truly unplugged this summer and are in denial about the school year that’s about to begin, you may not know that for the next two days Teachers Pay Teachers is having their back to school sale. You don’t want to miss these prices! TpT discounts everything on the site, and individual sellers like yours truly offer additional discounts on their wonderful products. This is THE BEST.. Read More

New Products on Teachers Pay Teachers, Available Now!

I am beyond excited about my new Super Task Cards! that are now available on my Teachers Pay Teachers site! It’s been faaaaaar toooooo looooong since I posted a new product to my TpT store, so thanks for hanging in there during my hiatus. I hope you’ll check out the three sets of task cards I’ve created to help students practice foundational reading skills outlined in the K-2 Common Core… Read More

A Can’t Miss Tool for Common Core

In classrooms across the US teachers are working hard to implement the Common Core standards and now there is a tool that can really help. The SOAR Teaching Frames™ help teachers, administrators, and coaches to develop a shared understanding of instructional practices that are essential in the standards and build a vision of the Common Core in action. Watch the video below to learn about the Frames, associated rubrics, and.. Read More

Teacher Appreciation Abounds

For those of you who may not know, it’s Teacher Appreciation Week. I hope you’ll take the time to send a message or extend a kind gesture toward a special teacher in your life. We all have them either through our own educational experience or in the lives of our children. I hope you’ll brighten the day of a teacher you know! A very talented teacher I am lucky enough.. Read More

Free Instructional Coaching Course – Register Now!

A free course will be available soon from Resourcing Excellence in Education (REEd) at the University of California, Davis School of Education that introduces participants to the importance of coaching within a professional learning system. This course serves as an introduction to coaching and thought about how a school or district might begin the journey toward implementing coaching roles in their learning communities. It’s online, it’s self-paced, and it’s free!.. Read More

Yet Another Blurb with EL Magazine – online

This is one of my favorite tidbits that has been published yet because it highlights the rich, purposeful work that happens every day at my favorite school – Oak Ridge Elementary in Sacramento, California. Cheers! Tell Me About How Your Group Examined Student Work – Emerging Patterns  

Another Blurb in EL Magazine!

I was sifting through the mail earlier this week and was glad to see that my copy of the March 2016 issue of Educational Leadership magazine had arrived. And I was even more pleased when I realized that they published my response to their “Tell Me About…” section! This month’s issue is about life-long learning and their question was “Tell Me How You Help Students Gain Life Skills”. My response.. Read More

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