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In This School…We Do

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It would come as no surprise if you instantly recognize the ‘In This House…’ saying.  Word choice may vary slightly, but the message is consistent.  And while I admire the underlying meaning, I realized the little word “do” was the most significant.  It suggests action…not we “wish,” not we “want,” not even we “desire.”  “We DO!” 

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What are we ‘wading’ for?

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Journey to an imaginary pool where a series of tasks determines your swimming strength followed by the awards ceremony.  Some of us would earn the “deep water” badge due to our extensive knowledge of several strokes and the ability to perform them with grace and ease.

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Critical Transformations and the CCSS

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Carol Ann Tomlinson, well known for her work with Differentiated Instruction, tells a story about teaching grammar to 12-year-olds. 

 

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The One Thing I Want My Grandchildren’s Teachers to Know About Reading

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The One Thing I Want My Grandchildren’s Teachers to Know About Reading

On a blustery, cool, March morning in 2005, my first grandchild, Evie, arrived.  Naturally I was elated with the prospect of cuddling, rocking, and reading to her.  Fast-forward a few years and, with the addition of three grandsons, our house tends to rock on its foundation when all four are visiting!!

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Waiting for the Magic

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Summertime and fun times with visiting grandkids…four year-old Alec discovered the magic of fireflies last night and soon-to-be third grader, Evie, and I are sharing the experience of reading a new story, Waiting for the Magic, written by one of my favorite children’s authors, Patricia MacLachlan.  But here’s a secret…she’s sleeping in and I’ll admit that I sneaked the book to the sunroom early this morning with a cup of my favorite coffee and just read the final page!! 

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Do you know Joe?

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Have you ever been at odds with “Joe” over his vocabulary homework assignments?  Does he simply refuse to look up the words in the dictionary and then use them in a sentence even though on most days he’s engaged in the instruction in your classroom?

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How do I teach vocabulary?

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I love the word “update.”  I’m always considering how to update my hairstyle, wardrobe, my home decor; even a password must be changed occasionally.  Updating suggests a fairly easy fix – a quick transition, however, it also suggests staying on the practical side.

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Let's Keep Our Eyes on the Foundational Skills

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Many years ago I memorized a quote by Dr.

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