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In Memory of Anna Dewdney

In Memory of Anna Dewdney

My house is mourning a favorite children’s author – Anna Dewdney.  Her Llama Llama books are some of our favorites in our library and when we got word of her passing, we were all very sad.  Her obituary ended with, “She requested that in lieu of…

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World Read Aloud Day 2/24/16

World Read Aloud Day 2/24/16

Post modified from 2/15/14 On February 24, 2016 classrooms will take part in World Read Aloud Day. There are numerous ways to celebrate literacy. Author,Kate Messner, curated a list of authors willing to Skype on #WRAD16 to help educators make those connections. I have included below…

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Is this what we mean by ‘close reading?’

Is this what we mean by ‘close reading?’

85 questions assigned by a high school teacher to start off To Kill A Mockingbird… Is this what we mean by ‘close reading?’ Who is this book dedicated to? How old was Jem when he broke his arm? What is Jem’s full name? Who does Scout…

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The World Always Delivers a Connection

The World Always Delivers a Connection

Every classroom, every content can benefit. Access to the benefit requires access to the web. While there is not a yellow and red banner across a hard bound text pronouncing Common Core Aligned, there is something more…relevance. So, let the world deliver a connection. Read…

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Will an emphasis on ‘close reading’ kill the joy of reading?

Will an emphasis on ‘close reading’ kill the joy of reading?

As most educators know by now, the new Common Core standards emphasize ‘close reading.’ It’s hard to argue with that as a necessary skill for understanding complex writing. As a professor I spent lots of time dissecting research articles, book chapters, blog posts, and legal…

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Whose Turn is it Anyway?

Whose Turn is it Anyway?

This year, I ask you, I beg you…please do not use reading as a classroom management tactic, as punishment, as a means to embarrass.  Please. Use reading as it should be used: a means to learn, a means to escape, a means to inspire, a…

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