Monthly Archives: July 2014
FULL THROTTLE Skill: character analysis Keep students revved up about independent reading with this book-sharing celebration. When a student finishes a book, have her write to describe the main character’s actions and create a paper plate mask of the character. … Continue reading
BUD, NOT BUDDY By Christopher Paul Curtis Skill: similes Meet Bud Caldwell, an unforgettable 10-year old who is determined to make his way in the world! Bud has been living in an orphanage and foster homes since his mother’s death … Continue reading
Gearing up for the next school year as a home school parent/teacher is a little different than for the public school teacher. My previous post focused on Malow’s Hierarchy of Needs and the foundation levels – physiological and safety. Since … Continue reading
As you gear up for another school year, reflect on your passion and love to teaching. Most people call teaching their calling. Soon you will have a new group of 30 plus students at different emotional and academic levels. Remember … Continue reading
It is fairly well known that for the past the passing of NCLB (No Child Left Behind) has required teachers to focus on five basic areas of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. While these areas are critically … Continue reading
The common core standards focus more on higher level thinking skills than on basic fact recall. Benjamin Bloom designed a taxonomy of cognitive or learning skills more than 60 years ago and a revised version of these cognitive skills was … Continue reading
This is the official Common Core Website. There is a wealth of information about the standards, what parents should know, standards in your state, reading the standards as well as other resources to check out.