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

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  

The Best Resource for Common Core Writing is Finally Here!

I am beyond excited to share a remarkable and extremely valuable resource that’s available free online. It’s called Understanding Proficiency, and it’s fantastic! Of course, I’m biased because I was one of the lucky educators who helped develop the content for the site. But I think you’ll quickly see how valuable the materials are for teachers, administrators, coaches, you name it! It’s the resource I’ve wished for since the Common.. Read More

LitCentric Resources are in the Digital Library

I got some great news last week…there are 5 new resources in the Smarter Balanced Digital Library from LitCentric.com!  If you teach in a Smarter Balanced state, and your department of education has purchased access to the Digital Library, then you should be able to download my resources free of charge.  Here’s what’s available so far: Peer Editors Feedback Form: A Writer’s Workshop Conferencing Tool for grades 3rd-10th Crafting a.. Read More

A Small Addition to Reading Today Magazine

You just never know where a Facebook post will take you.  Case in point: I follow the International Literacy Association (formerly International Reading Association) Facebook page and enjoy the articles and research they highlight in my newsfeed.  It’s a great way to stay connected in a timely fashion.  The other day the page managers posted a question for readers:  What is one word or phrase you would ban?”  It didn’t.. Read More

J.K. Rowling on Writing

I was recently working with a talented 5th grade teacher who included a video in her writer’s workshop mini lesson.  The video featured an author who shared how and why she always carries her writer’s notebook – to capture dialogue, jot down a character name, recall a funny incident – in the world around her.  The students had such a positive response to the video, and the teacher and I.. Read More

I’ve Been Published!

All right, I know I didn’t pen a novel or anything, but I’m still really excited to see my name in print!  My lesson idea was published in the April issue of Educational Leadership magazine.  I really respect this publication and look forward to its arrival in my mailbox every month.  Mine is just a little blurb in the back of the magazine, but it’s the Common Core writing issue.. Read More

Building an Empathy-Based Classroom

Take a look at my friend’s recently published book for all grade levels: Building an Empathy-Based Classroom: A Teacher’s Survival Guide. I’m excited to read it because I know the author, Ken Klieman, to be an outstanding teacher who truly practices what he preaches. I’m looking forward most to reading the sections on working with colleagues and holding meetings. There’s always room for improvement there!    

Another Opportunity to Learn about Close Reading K-2

I’m excited to share that I’ll be presenting at this year’s Academic Literacy Summit at UC Davis! My workshop is entitled “Close Reading and the Common Core: What does it Look Like for Primary Students?” This is the workshop that blossomed into my “Reading and Writing Up Close” resource on TeachersPayTeachers. I’m excited to share it with a new group of educators and future educators on February 6th!  

Excited about Reading and Writing Up Close!

I am beyond excited to share what I’ve been up to lately with my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I’ve been working hard on a new product that is truly unique! I’ve created a model for close reading that is designed for primary students, grades K, 1st, and 2nd. Children this young can and should be taught the fundamentals of close reading so they can be successful in later grades. And.. Read More

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