Exhausting! Today I pounded through 19 writing conferences! We are in the middle of a REALLY nifty writing unit to complement our historical fiction reading unit—it is a writing “portfolio” collection of different types of short writes related to several shared texts. Today I wanted to touch base with each and every student to make sure everyone was on track (3 kids short! ... Read the Post
Fraction Concepts Day 3: Holy “Critiquing Reasoning”, Batman!
Wow...not really sure how to start this blog entry! Seriously . . . I wish I had today's lesson on video tape! It would be so much easier (and cooler!) than trying to explain it with words. If this lesson intrigues you, it is one of the lesson in my fraction unit. If you were with me yesterday, you know I left off with a challenge to my students--they needed to commit to either a "yes" or "no" ... Read the Post
Grading Writing…food for thought–and a freebie to help!
If you are like me, you are constantly stressing out about making sure your students are learning and growing. If you are like me, you never feel like you have enough of the right DATA to know for sure! After all, how do you REALLY measure reading comprehension? Writing skills? I think we are in a constant battle with ourselves to balance wanting to assign a "number" to things that aren't numeric ... Read the Post
5 Tips for Teaching Information Text and Text Structures
We are finishing our "Feature Article" unit today, and I thought I'd share FIVE things we learned while writing them. This was my first time teaching this unit, and it was as much a learning experience for ME as it was for my fourth graders! One of our key focus areas is "text structures", so that was the lens I used while planning and teaching. So...what did we learn? Five Strategies to ... Read the Post
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