A tool for assessing pragmatics by Hazel Dewart and Susie Summers:
29 Jul 2015 Leave a comment
28 Jul 2015 Leave a comment
Children’s voices; Parent Voices; Teacher Voices.
SeeSaw: A digit tool discussed by 3 wonderful kindergarten teachers.
10 Jul 2015 Leave a comment
Blogs About Reading
July 8, 2015
Addie explores the idea of becoming President. With a visit to the Lincoln Memorial, and a candid “what if I were President” interview with her mom, we get to see the world through the eyes of a five and half year old.
About a month ago, Addie came home from school, and said to me, “Mom, you can become President.”
“OK, why is that?”
Guest blogger Carol Shen, is a stay at home mom of two, creator of the blog, Blueberry Mom and serves on the Board of Directors of The Reading Connection. She’ll be sharing her kids’ learning adventures on Start with a Book inspired topics like gardening, the night sky, If I were President, and other ideas she and her kids are excited to explore.
09 Jul 2015 Leave a comment
Asking a Simple Question Can Change Everything for a Student by Mark Reckmeyer
Jessica Stutzman, a Writer and Editor at Gallup, contributed to this piece.
“I met Morgan while teaching a strengths and entrepreneurship program in the summer of 2012. The program was designed to provide students of lower socio-economic status with the opportunity to discover their strengths using the Clifton StrengthsExplorer,……
In the strengths and entrepreneurship program, Morgan started out as the distracting, off-task student he would have been in any classroom setting. However, near the end of the first week of this course, there was one very small conversation that changed his entire experience.
During a project, Morgan was asked about what he liked to do at home. His answer: Help his mother and grandmother in the kitchen. A follow-up question caused the shift that immediately took him from being that distracting student to one of the most engaged, focused and positive kids for the rest of the program: What did he like about being in the kitchen? Morgan stopped working on his assignment and started explaining the types of food he cooked, his mom’s favorite food that he made, his favorite food, how he made all of it and how much fun he had doing it. Morgan immediately went from being a constant distraction in class to a motivated learner and an engaged student.”
08 Jul 2015 Leave a comment
Picture Books: Poetry in Motion
Here’s a brief excerpt from Reading Rockets:
July 6, 2015
“I’ve been thinking a lot about picture books and why some work and are memorable while others just land with a thud when read. I continue to ask myself what is it about those picture books that resonate with readers and particularly those that can be shared many times between adults and children, delighting both….”