There’s No Such Thing as a Baby Book

*Please read the title in Uncle Vernon’s voice if you didn’t the first time. Just imagine how he’s feeling as he screams to Harry that there is NO SUCH THING as magic!* The Unfortunate Event Let me paint this picture for you. It was the day of the elementary book fair. Our kids had their zloty ready to go. Their parents had sent them with money that was burning holes in their pockets all day long. It was finally time! We walked down to our library and we listened to directions. If you didn’t have money you could get a…

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The (Reading or Writing) Workshop Essentials

Welcome back to our balanced literacy series! Today the focus is on the essentials of workshop model teaching.  This post is meant to build a collective understanding of the workshop model used for readers and writers workshop. If you haven’t read the first two posts of the series, take a minute right now to read about the framework and the components. Don’t forget to stop by every Tuesday to gain a better insight on using a balanced literacy framework within your classroom! Workshop Shifts In Understandings One of the major shifts in moving to a balanced literacy framework is the role the teacher plays…

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Weekly Wisdom

Scaffolding! I just love this quote. Can you teach without scaffolding? Yeah, but I don’t think it would be the best teaching possible. Scaffolding truly is an art form that the finest educators have mastered. It sets them apart from the rest as they work to provide scaffolding for each student. How do you scaffold in the classroom? What struggles do you have with scaffolding learning for students?

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Books I Read This Week

“When a teacher reads aloud, it is a bonding between the teacher, the children, the books, and the act of reading.” -Lester Laminack The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors I saw so many teachers post about this story on Instagram and I wanted to read this tale so badly. Finally, one of my students checked it out from the library, came back and said I hd to read it to the whole class. I was so glad I did!  This is the hilarious legend of how the game rock, paper, scissors came to be. The kids loved the story and…

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A Cultural Book Project

The Problem When I taught grade 3 in the States my students asked if they could take a look at our classroom library after seeing the hashtag #weneeddiversebooks. We dumped out all of our books on the floor and separated them into categories. Books with animals as the characters, books with white characters, books with black main characters and so on. The kids were horrified to realize that we had more books about animals than any minority. We had no books about Native Americans- a fact that crushed my student’s hearts. Educators all over should recognize this problem. We need…

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