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

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

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

Peer Conferencing Tool for Writer’s Workshop

  Conferring with student writers is both a rewarding and frustrating task.  The best teachers I know love writing conferences during writer’s workshop because they allow them to better understand the needs of their students and help them teach in the most responsive way possible.  They also help them get to know their students as the amazing people they are. But there’s another side to writing conferences, a darker side,.. Read More

Writer’s Workshop Conferencing Tool

Year after year I hear from teachers about how much they value the writing conferences they have with their students.  But they also confide that there never seems to be enough time to get to everyone and give the feedback young writers deserve.  Exactly!  It’s no secret that it feels impossible to make it to every student writer every day.  And realistically, can we expect that of teachers?  The best.. 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

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

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