Do You Have What it Takes to Create a Performance Task? Yes You Do!

Performance Tasks play an important role in next-generation assessments of Common Core State Standards.  This leaves teachers wondering: What defines a quality Performance Task?  How do Performance Tasks used in on-demand assessments compare with those used in the classroom?  What is a Performance Task anyway? The answers to these and many more questions can be found in the professional learning experience I’ve created here at LitCentric.com.  It’s easy to follow,.. Read More

Academic Language MOOC Coming Soon – and it’s free!

Take a look at this free MOOC hosted by Stanford University.  “Seven Essential Practices for Developing Academic Oral Language and Literacy in Every Subject” is taught by the authors of Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms: Dr. Susan O’Hara of UC Davis, Dr. Jeff Zwiers of Stanford University, and Dr. Bob Pritchard of Sacramento State.  I’m looking forward to everything I’ll learn!  Join me and sign up soon, it starts.. Read More

The New Bloom’s Taxonomy

Most of us probably “grew up” in college education courses in which Bloom’s Taxonomy was referred to, again and again and again.  So much so that we started to roll our eyes (even if only secretly) every time a professor pulled out the infamous triangle.  But with the Common Core upon us, Bloom’s is gaining ground again and has a new partner in crime called Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.  Stanislaus.. Read More

Close Reading Q & A

Last week I was fortunate enough to spend 3 days leading a group of 40 primary teachers in an exploration of close reading and the Common Core State Standards.  It was a busy 3 days!  We spent time viewing the best examples out there (of which there are unfortunately few), learning what prominent researchers have to say, shifting our thinking about comprehension and writing instruction, and collaborating to design lessons.. Read More

Common Core 2nd Grade ELA Unit – Incredible!

I am so fortunate to work with some incredible educators, many of whom I consider Common Core experts. They have worked with the new standards for several years, deconstructing each one, analyzing student work, collaborating to design new units, and learning new instructional strategies to meet their students’ needs. Pretty remarkable. One such educator I work with is a talented second grade teacher in a high-needs school. We worked together.. Read More

Reciprocal Teaching Materials #1 on TeachersPayTeachers!

Wow! I found out today that when you do a search for “reciprocal teaching” on TeachersPayTeachers my materials pop up first! That’s so exciting! I’m pretty sure that means mine are the most downloaded reciprocal teaching resource on the site. Awesome! They are actually my best seller…who knew? 🙂 I’ve gotten great feedback on them from customers who chose to leave comments. Thank you for your feedback and your purchase!.. Read More

Learn About Close Reading

I’m excited to share that this July I’ll be hosting a 3-day institute all about close reading! We’ll be exploring the strategy and learning how K-2 students can be taught to read closely. But that’s not all! We’ll learn how to relate our close reading lessons to writing across the three text-types in the Common Core. Read all about it: Follow this link to the homepage of the Area 3.. Read More

Professional Development for Close Reading

Our CTA Teacher Leadership Cohort (TLC) is wrapping up today! It’s been a wonderful year learning and growing with 23 other educators from across California and of course, with the amazing professional development staff at CTA. As part of my reflection process I created a Prezi to share a bit about my project and what the future holds. Enjoy!  

UC Davis Academic Literacy Summit 2014

Greetings to everyone involved in the ALS this year! I’m posting my workshop packet here so that participants, and other interested parties, can access it as needed. I love that most workshops and conferences now are going green, and I love to have digital handouts that I can access whenever I wish. It’s great! I’m presenting my workshop entitled “Close Reading and the Common Core: What Does it Look Like.. Read More

Another Plug for Reciprocal Teaching

I got a fun message on Facebook today from a friend and fellow teacher who’s been concerned about her 6th grade intervention group. We discussed comprehension approaches she might try and of course I suggested my favorite, Reciprocal Teaching. Along with my suggestion, I sent her a free copy of my Reciprocal Teaching packet on TeachersPayTeachers.com and a link to some great videos from our Canadian friends. These 6 videos.. Read More

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