Category Archives: Professional Books

Connecting Comprehension and Technology

You may have noticed our lack of posts lately.  There are two good reasons for that.  1) Mini Literacyspark has been keeping Katie very busy.  2) We’ve been writing a book.  Whaaaaaat!?  Yes, it’s true.  We’ve strayed out of the … Continue reading

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We’ve been busy…

Hi Friends! Happy 2013! This post in an apology for not being present on the blog for the past few months and a public commitment to make my practice more visible in the coming days. This has been a challenging … Continue reading

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Regie Routman at IRA 2012

Last Monday I had the great fortune to get to see Regie Routman speak at the IRA conference.  I love Regie’s books, they were some of the very first professional books I ever read.  I was proud to see her … Continue reading

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NCTE 2011 Recap: Donalyn Miller, Franki Sibberson, Sara Kajder & Teri Lesesne

If you’ve attended a national conference like NCTE, you know how tricky it is to plan your daily schedule to maximize your conference experience and see all the speakers on your “must see” list.  Especially at NCTE–many people I wanted … Continue reading

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NCTE 2011 Recap: Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleveland

On Saturday morning I woke up early to see Katie Wood Ray.  I have been a fan for years and seen her speak several times.  Her session at NCTE did not disappoint.  Katie spends most of her time teaching, observing … Continue reading

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NCTE 2011 Recap: Seymour Simon, Linda Hoyt, Ann Marie Corgill & Ellin Keene

WOW!  The NCTE conference was terrific this year!  I’m still recovering from information overload.  My brain is literally full. Now that I’ve acquired all this new learning, it’ time to process it and actively use it… First, a big thank … Continue reading

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Thinking about writing with Matt Glover: Part 2

Reading Matt’s book, you’ll find that he does not refer to student writing as fiction or nonfiction.  He recognizes the blurred line in young children’s writing and notices how sometimes books start out as nonfiction and turn into fiction text. … Continue reading

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Thinking about writing with Matt Glover: Part 1

Last December my colleagues and I attended a workshop featuring Matt Glover and Katie Wood Ray.  I’ve followed Katie Wood Ray’s work for several years and really love what she does with young writers.  For several years, I’ve used Lucy … Continue reading

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Day 10: Professional Connections

Yesterday was my first official day back!  The students report on Tuesday.  So it looks like I’ll make my 15 days just in time.  : ) We have a strong culture of reading at our school.  We read professional books … Continue reading

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Thinking Things Through

I’m in the process of revamping my Social Studies units using Wiggins and McTighe’s Understanding by Design 2.0 Template.  If you’ve read and used their work before you know the value in “backmapping” your instruction.  If you haven’t read any … Continue reading

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Confession Time

I’m just going to go ahead and say it.  I have a problem with books.  That’s right I am addicted to books.  Childrens’ books are at the top of my list, but I also geek for for professional books too.  … Continue reading

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Swoon, Double Swoon

Nancie Atwell.  One of my Teacher Heroes.  By far one of my favorite speakers.   Here are some clips from her new DVDs Reading in the Middle and Writing in the Middle available from Heinemann Publishers.  (Now I just have to … Continue reading

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