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{connected learning} #sol15

The Slice of Life is hosted at the Two Writing Teachers Join in and share a slice of your life.  _____________________________________________________



I have not had the time or space to fully reflect upon my learning experiences at ILA in St. Louis.

Except that it was invigorating to be constantly surrounded by and connecting with ...
Passionate educators who care so deeply about students, reading, and thinking Teacher leaders in literacy education that I listened to very carefully to breathe in every word and the opportunity to meet some of them, even if to briefly chatAmazing authors trying to reach children and adults of all ages with the power of story through words and illustrationsNerdyBookClub members who remind me that I can't read them "all," but they will continue to share the love of reading and book titles.  (Oh, Jill.  That reminds me.  Here is your reminder to dust off that blog of yours.  It's Tuesday. Go write yourself a little slice of life!) :) Two ama…

{Digital Reading: Part 3} #cyberPD

This summer a really BIG! group of educatorsare reading and learning together online.  I am participating and co-hosting this year's #cyberPD event about digital reading and creating digital readers in our classrooms with Cathy Mere and Laura Komos



Don't forget! Next Tuesday, July 28th @ 7 pm CST, we will be participating in a #cyberPD Twitter chat with authorsFranki SibbersonandBill Bass.

Digital Reading: What's Essential in Grades 3-8 
by William L. Bass II and Franki Sibberson
Paperback or ebook can be purchased from NCTE
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My Thoughts and Reflections


Chapter 6: Assessment: Keeping Our Eye on the Literacy
"Assessment needs to be the vehicle that moves us beyond defining our readers as a number.  Assessment should not be about defining a reader but about piecing together information to help us design classroom experiences so we can observe our readers learning and understand what each one needs."
 (Assessment in…

{Digital Reading: Part 2} #cyberPD

This summer a really BIG! group of educatorsare reading and learning together online.  I am participating and co-hosting this year's #cyberPD event about digital reading and creating digital readers in our classrooms with Cathy Mere and Laura Komos.  Please join us as we read and discuss online:





Digital Reading: What's Essential in Grades 3-8 
by William L. Bass II and Franki Sibberson

Paperback or ebook can be purchased from NCTE

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My Thoughts and Reflections


The middle three chapters are the heart of this book, focusing on what really matters:  
Authenticity, Intentionality, and Connectedness
There is so much I could write about for each chapter.  My book is full of notes, highlights, questions, connections, and many a-ha's.  After reading the variety of reflections from last week, I decided to try to narrow my focus in my reflection.  I have to remind myself this will look and feel different in my small group/interventi…

{a summer learning life} #sol15

The Slice of Life is hosted at the Two Writing Teachers Join in and share a slice of your life.  _____________________________________________________

As a teacher, of course, I enjoy my summers.  It's not the three months that most people think it is. (But you already know that.)  It is still plenty of time to be missing the kids like crazy, but I'm currently not missing the busy schedule and daily stresses of wanting to do more and be better in the classroom and also at home.  Summer is a time when I can breathe (my one little word) and do so much more -- always thinking about getting ready for a fresh new year of possibility.   
I'm enjoying my long days with my five year old daughters.  I'm able to squeeze in a little time for myself to read and write (almost daily), even if it's still after they are in bed peacefully sleeping.  My days are full and focused on my girls, but I'm able to find valuable learning opportunities to push myself to be a better mother …

{a summer reading life} #sol15

The Slice of Life is hosted at the Two Writing Teachers Join in and share a slice of your life.  _____________________________________________________

Sometimes I envision my summer of working only one full time job as freeing.  
I envision my summer full of long days of reading, basking in the sunshine with a book, gifted with uninterrupted time in another world, sneaking in reading during breakfast and lunch and in between, finishing a book a day, reading and reading and reading only to read some more ...
Instead my true summer quickly reminds me that being a full time mom is full time.
My true summer includes making multiple meals a day, doing the dishes multiple times a day, starting another load of laundry, picking up toys, planning activities, picking up more toys, slathering on sunscreen, calming the sibling banter, visiting the library, reading aloud picture books ...
Nah.  It's not all bad.  I love every minute with my two girls with many moments to treasure.  
Like this ... …

#cyberPD: DIGITAL READING - Part 1

This summer a really BIG! group of educatorsare reading and learning together online.  I am participating and co-hosting this year's #cyberPD event about digital reading and creating digital readers in our classrooms with Cathy Mere and Laura Komos.  Please join us as we read and discuss online:





Digital Reading: What's Essential in Grades 3-8  by William L. Bass II and Franki Sibberson


Paperback or ebook can be purchased from NCTE

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My Thoughts and Reflections/Implications in My Classroom





I always think about my reading with three different visions:  What does this mean for my developing readers receiving small group interventions?  What does this mean for all students in my school? What does this mean for my own daughters who will be starting kindergarten this fall?  So much to think about, but always worth stretching my thinking to do what is best for ALL -- and that's why I love that quote mentioned above from Kyleen B…