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It is almost time to start writing those daily lesson plans again.  Do your daily plans clearly spell out the minilesson, independent work time, and share time of your writing workshop?  Here is a personal confession from the classroom:  more often than not, I skipped share time.  Some days, I just ran out of minutes.  I was not keeping a watchful eye on the clock, and before I knew it, writing workshop time was over.  On other days, I was watching the clock, but I was lured by the possibility of just one more one-to-one writing conference with a student.  Whatever the reason, there were many days that I ended writing workshop without share time. Instead, I called out a simple, “Great job today, writers.  Please put away your notebooks”, or I used the ever-so-eloquent, “Line up for gym!”

Jul 28, 15

If you're planning to give project-based learning a try during the coming school year, you may hope a spark of inspiration will strike during the summer months that will lead to a memorable PBL experience. And maybe that's just the excuse that hard-working teachers need to take a hike or daydream by a pool.

Jul 28, 15

The resources of the School Library System and Library/Media services of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership are collected to meet your instructional needs. In the Media Library, find videos to stream in your classroom or schedule DVDs, audiobooks, or book sets for delivery. The Game Library has PreK-12 curriculum aligned board games to support teaching. On the Common Core page, quickly locate materials aligned with the domains and modules from EngageNY. If you aren't finding what you need, submit a purchase request under the Media Library menu above.

Jul 28, 15

The Center for Games & Learning at MNU curates an extensive game collection, disseminates cutting-edge research on games and learning and equips you to become a game designer. Please use these resources to further your gaming research and learning.

Jul 27, 15

I've spent the last ten years serving on and attempting to build effective teams of educators -- to various degrees of success. This last year, I've been writing a lot about team development. I first articulated the following "ten truths" for myself when I coached a team some years ago.

Jul 24, 15

With the popular explosion of Minecraft among middle schoolers and beyond, it’s worth noting that it isn’t the only open world virtual environment with educational value. Nor is it always the most ideal game for teaching every concept, leading other games to pick up the slack. As a result, inspired educators and students are taking notice and branching out.

Jul 18, 15

Educational neuroscience empowers teachers with new insights into how all students learn and holds promise for enhancing special ed, but myths and exaggerations sprouting up around the burgeoning field could lead to children being labeled, which could limit their abilities, experts say.

Jul 17, 15

The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.

Jul 17, 15

I strive to teach my high school students the value of criticism, especially when it comes to improving their writing.<br /><br />To do so, I model how criticism continues to help me become a better writer. Earlier this year, for example, I shared a draft of one of my education feature articles, which included detailed feedback from an editor at a prominent media company. I asked my classes for advice on how to address several edits, dealing with sources, transitions, terminology, and structure. A few days later, I directed my budding writers to the much-improved final draft. This easy but worthwhile activity helped more of my students feel comfortable receiving criticism, and not view it as an affront. As a result, they improved their writing by taking the time and care to consider and respond to reader insight.

Jul 14, 15

Students need a wide vocabulary to succeed in school. Although extensive independent reading from a young age is one of the best ways to build a wide vocabulary, by the time students reach my 10th grade English class, many of them haven't built the habit of reading widely (or beyond what's assigned). Students need to develop a flexible and varied vocabulary that includes precise terms for both the world around them and the work of the content area in the classroom, and they need to develop skills to figure out new words when they come across them. In my classroom, I use a combination of implicit and explicit instruction methods, which can be both playful and rigorous, to help my students build lasting vocabulary connections.

Jul 13, 15

You’ve taught students to read closely, to annotate, to discuss—now what? How can we get kids to interact with texts in creative ways that require an even higher level of understanding? Here, I’ll share five of my favorite post-reading reader-response activities.

Jul 13, 15

In Assessing Spelling in Writing Workshops, Katie DiCesare shares an assessment template she developed to keep track of the word learning of her first graders:

Jul 13, 15

Franki Sibberson finds a sentence study routine is an important component of her word work with intermediate students:

Jul 13, 15

Information about current spelling instructional practices across the United States was sought in this national survey with a random sample of teachers of grades 1 through 5. Respondents reported current practices and noted their level of agreement or disagreement to theoretical statements about spelling. Teachers responded to open-ended statements regarding concerns and problems they encounter in teaching spelling. The results suggest teachers rely on a traditional model for instruction. They are aware of more recent research on developmentally appropriate practice but do not necessarily implement those ideas. Implications from this study include provision for professional development, examination of purchased materials in relation to theories of appropriate individual instruction, and support for teachers who want to change instruction to match their beliefs.

Jul 13, 15

an online library of free K-12 instructional resources, including lesson plans, applications, games and hands-on activities. Teachers can search for resources by grade level, subject matter and technology type. Users must register in order to access the library.

Jul 13, 15

an online library of free K-12 instructional resources, including lesson plans, applications, games and hands-on activities. Teachers can search for resources by grade level, subject matter and technology type. Users must register in order to access the library.

Jul 13, 15

Immerse students in highly interactive, document-based inquiry lessons designed by historians and teachers.

Jul 11, 15

Words Their Way is a word study program in which students learn by sorting words into categories.  The following links provide Powerpoints that can be used by teachers to model the word sorts or have individual students access the sorts on the computer.  

Jul 11, 15

I’ve come to believe you can only be as effective as you are organized. I first learned this truth as an artist, when I set up my studio. (Studio is a fancy word for the part of the laundry room I use to paint and scrapbook and stamp and draw and create.) It also holds true as a writer when collecting ideas, keeping drafts, and organizing structures and plot lines. It is true for a family. Getting out the door with everything each person needs for the day, plus happy hearts, is possible only when we are organized.<br /><br />

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