Archive | November 2015

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Sometimes the Best Homework Assignments are the Ones We Don’t Give

I got an email this afternoon from one of my students. He had shared a Google Slides presentation with a comment asking for our principal’s email address. He had read a Newsela article about a gaga ball pit. He was so interested in the concept that he created a persuasive presentation asking her to get one for the […]

Close Reading with A Song

Close Reading with A Song

I have been meaning to start incorporating songs into my reading instruction for a while, but haven’t found the time until this week. Songs offer so many possibilities – talking about theme, author’s purpose, point of view, similes and metaphors, and many other skills related to the common core standards. They are a great resource […]

Are You Teaching for Tomorrow? Our Voice Matters

Today, six fifth graders from my homeroom shared their voices with a group of teachers at our district’s first ever edcamp. They were given a chance to talk about things that they are proud of in their learning and things that they wish we, as teachers, would change.  They titled their session, “Are You Teaching […]