Monthly Archives: March 2011

Blog Posts I’m Reading Today

Thanks to my Twitter friends I’ve done some great reading and learning today! Against the Wind: A Few of My Favorite Ken Robinson Videos From @Nunavut_teacher Eduflections: Speaking of Motivating Students From @JulieDRamsay Blogging Through The Fourth Dimension: Being a … Continue reading

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Explore More Day

6:30 am and I’m drinking a gallon of coffee.  I had an anxiety dream about Explore More last night.  Although it’s the students who are on the stage today I know it’s my job to help them look good.  Student … Continue reading

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Spell With Flickr

I know right!  How did I do that?  I was cleaning out my school bag this morning and found a piece of paper left over from the ICE conference with some neat little tools left on it.  This one was … Continue reading

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What do you do with all of those post its?

I’ve heard teachers ask this question a lot.  Heck, I’ve asked myself this question too.  So let’s think about this for a minute.  Post its are intended to be a record of a student’s thinking process.  We teach them to … Continue reading

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Reflecting On Book Clubs

A few posts back I wrote about getting my students started on a new round of book clubs.  One of the choices I made was to have groups sign up for discussions twice a week instead of having a “discussion … Continue reading

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Checking In

Sometimes when students are working on inquiry projects it can feel a little bit like you are the stage coach driver of a runaway carriage led by wild horses careening down the side of a mountain.  Ok, maybe that’s a … Continue reading

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Knee Deep In It

We are a mere week and a half away from our Explore More day.  This means we are knee deep in inquiry projects.  I think the scariest part about letting students branch out (for many teachers)  is the turning over … Continue reading

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Keep ‘Em Reading

How much do your students read?  Is it the hour and a half that Richard Allington suggests.  When I start my school year everything is geared towards building a community of readers.  Then, about this time of year, I revisit … Continue reading

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Leveling The Library?

If you’ve been reading my recent posts you’ll know that I recently attended a conference with Lucy Calkins about her Units of Study in Reading, grades 3-5.  One thing that she said that really stuck in our heads is that … Continue reading

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Conference Time

    I was fortunate enough to attend the Lucy Calkins conference in Milwaukee today.  It was exhausting on so many levels and I suspect I will need many blog posts to review and digest all of the information that … Continue reading

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Getting Ready For Book Clubs

My students were super excited to see the books stacked on the round table today.  Book Clubs!  There’s nothing like the feeling of starting a new book.  I’m trying a few things differently this time around.  First of all, I … Continue reading

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Paper Slide Show Projects

A few posts ago I wrote about using paper slide shows as a way for students to demonstrate knowledge and integrate technology.  I’m not sure why I chose to take this on the same week as state testing, but they … Continue reading

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Organizing for Inquiry

Last week I had students fill out a google form which asked them to list the three books they were most interested in and the inquiry questions that they had come up with for those books. This serves as a … Continue reading

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Testmas Week

I’ve been light on the blog posts this week.  One reason is that I’m participating in the annual slice of life challenge at Two Writing Teachers.  Writing everyday is rewarding but challenging.  The other reason is that it’s Testmas week.  … Continue reading

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Book Find

I just finished reading Savvy by Ingrid Law and I love, love, love it.  The only question in my mind is will I get a set for book clubs or will I read it aloud? Savvy is listed as a … Continue reading

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Getting Into Beyond-The-Book Inquiry

On the last day of march our school will have its annual Explore More festival. This is a celebration of science, social studies, social justice, and student inquiry. This year I find myself between units in social studies which puts … Continue reading

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