Monthly Archives: July 2014

Skill: Character Analysis

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

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Literature Link

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

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A New School Year for Home School Parents

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

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Looking Toward the Next School Year

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

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CCSS: A Wake Up Call for America

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

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Higher Level Thinking Skills in the Common Core

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

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Common Core Initiative

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.

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