The Reading Zone posed some questions (on her blog) about how other teachers use document cameras in the classroom. Since the document camera I was fortunate to have was bestowed upon my room last year, thanks to a grant from DonorsChoose, my teaching has been transformed. When the document camera first arrived, my students joked… Continue reading Document Camera
Literacy Interview Originally uploaded by teachergal My colleague recently gave me a copy of a Reading Profile she uses with her students. Loved it! However, it left me realizing that the Writing Interview I've given my students in the past would be overkill since that would be two interviews they'd have to fill-out for me.… Continue reading Combo: 2 questionnaires meshed into one
Trying to find a convenient way to keep your students' Reading and Writing Workshop Materials together? Don't want to buy something for them to use at-home and in-school? If you answered "yes" to both of those questions, consider buying clear-view storage pouches, like these, for each of your students. I used these three years ago… Continue reading Literacy Bags
I put the supplies I purchased earlier today into my kids' Meeting Area Supply Boxes I purchased on Sunday. They don't have much in them since I wanted to keep it simple... just the basics of what they'd need on the rug for the active engagement of a minilesson or while they're creating plan boxes.… Continue reading Meeting Area Supply Boxes for Workshop-Related Things
Penny Pencil Cases Originally uploaded by teachergal I found pencil cases on sale for $.01 at Staples today. I decided to buy them so that the kids could have everything they need for minilessons with them at the meeting area. (In the past, kids always had to search for pencils or pens prior to the… Continue reading Meeting Area Supplies
Jen, Sarah, and Ruth gave me some fantastic ideas about ways to make the launch of writer's notebooks and using the classroom library more exciting for children in September. I thought their ideas were brilliant and will be doing both this-coming school year. Classroom Library Semi-organize the books in the classroom library before the start… Continue reading Literacy Gifts
My Summer (Professional) Reading Originally uploaded by teachergal These four books have been sitting in my bookshelf for the past year begging to be read. I've thumbed through Using Literature to Enhance Writing Instruction and Reading Aloud Across the Curriculum, but haven't read them with the careful, close reading they deserve. All four books are… Continue reading Some are older… Some are newer…
I decided to transfer my old, messy, and incomplete book list that I kept on my Wiki to a GooglePages Website. I think I managed to record every single book I read aloud to my students this year by breaking out my read alouds into four categories: Reading Workshop Demonstration Texts Writing Workshop Touchstone Texts… Continue reading My Book List Page Is FINALLY Complete!