Monthly Archive: October, 2014

Conversations About Standards-Based Report Cards: Do Your Students Know How They’re Doing?

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And with November, comes report cards.

Visualizing the Plan Part Two: Drawing Lessons

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Sometimes when students visualize an elaborate plan it is frustrating when that doesn’t just happen on the page. Here are some tips to get students closer to their vision.

Student Self-Assessment: Introducing the Writing Checklist

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Ever since I first received my copy of the middle school Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing , this book has been in my book bag and on my desk,… Continue reading

Write, Share, Give: It’s SOL Time

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“There is, of course, always the personal satisfaction of writing down one’s experiences so they may be saved, caught and pinned under glass, hoarded against the winter of forgetfulness. Time has been cheated… Continue reading

A Sneak Peek

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Here is a Sneak Peek at our NCTE Presentation.

Writing about Reading: Considering Perspective Paves the Way for Critical Thinking

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Rubin’s vase is a famous optical illusion that can be interpreted in multiple ways. When looked at one way, it appears to be a vase. When looked at another way, it appears to… Continue reading

Creative Scheduling in Middle School

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The one question that comes up again and again, no matter what part of the country I happen to visiting, is TIME.

Visualizing a Plan

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Visualizing a plan helps students see their story before putting it to paper.