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Balanced Literacy Framework

There are many different components of the balanced literacy framework. It can be frustrating and confusing to try to take all of these on. I have taught within a balanced literacy framework for 7 years now after being trained in Literacy Collaborative. So, let’s break it down! This is just one in a series of many blog posts discussing balanced literacy. By the end of this post, you should have gained a very big picture view of the balanced literacy framework. Please ask all of the important questions you have in the comments. This way I can model responsive teaching…

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Changing Our Thinking: Prompting Kids with “You Know This!”

There are many practices from long ago that we need to rethink as teachers. This series looks to bring up those practices and offer alternate ideas that are more relevant in today’s classroom. Today we’re discussing using the prompt, “you know this” when a child gets stuck. Why Do We Prompt? We give kids several prompts in a day. I would say most of the prompts I give students throughout the day are not academic prompts. Most of my prompts are for shoelaces that are untied, pencils that are on the floor, or behaviors that need to be changed. When…

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New Series Announcement!

Hello, loyal blog followers! I am announcing a new series on the blog that I have been working on for a while now. I have taught in a balanced literacy classroom for the last 7 years. This year I am working with the principal of my school and the teachers to slowly shift into a balanced literacy framework. I am creating a blog series breaking down the various components and “how to” of balanced literacy and the workshop model. I want to invite you along on this journey! Each and every Tuesday (starting November 28th)  there will be a new post…

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