The Big Fresh November 17, 2012 Purse Pass
"Why do you only have one dollar in your purse?" Ahna looked alarmed as she straightened my wallet.
This week we're highlighting some excellent free video resources for teaching the Common Core. Plus more as always -- enjoy!
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Katie Doherty and Ruth Shagoury meld pop culture with strategic reading in Schema and YouTube in a Middle School Reading Workshop:
The nonprofit Teaching Channel has posted scores of excellent Common Core videos since their launch a year ago. The site is free, but it does require registration for use:
David Coleman, one of the lead contributors to the Common Core, models a lesson to demonstrate close reading of Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail:
We have a fun Facebook theme this month -- Teaching Mantras. Ruth Ayres shares her favorite mantras and why they mean so much to her at her blog:
You can check out our growing list of mantras from some of your favorite contributors at our Facebook page. Creating mantras at a staff meeting would be a fun icebreaker or community-building activity:
Are you unable to attend our workshops in person? Join Franki Sibberson for her online three-week course Becoming a Tech-Savvy Literacy Teacher beginning in January, 2013. This interactive course includes three webinars, support materials, and an introduction to scores of resources on the web to integrate into reading and writing workshops. Sign up before December 15th and receive an early bird discount:
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Franki Sibberson shares her latest Common Core Booklist on Teaching Personal Narratives:
Jennifer Schwanke remembers the awkward and stressful experience of being evaluated as a young teacher. In her work now as a principal, she's developed her own criteria for Evaluating the Literacy Classroom:
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan have some practical advice for using drawing and routines as ways into understanding writing revision for learners in the primary grades:
Drawing is also a theme in this week's video. Linda Karamatic uses quick sketches to teach her second graders about sensory images in reading. This is the first installment in a two-part series:
We've posted a bonus quick-take video. Melissa Kolb explains how she supports many languages in her preschool classroom through the thoughtful use of volunteers and other resources:
Looking for more suggestions for how to teach reading strategies? You can browse through scores of videos and articles at our Reading Strategies link:
That's all for this week!