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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Editing Technique

It's been a long time since I've been on my own blog. Life has changed a lot for me. I left Boston and now am working for Alvin Independent School District as a Curriculum Specialist. I am training 7 new literacy coaches!!! I love it! BUT, am crazy busy and in a state of confusion most days. Anyhoooooo....

Our district has been trained in the writing process through Abydos (formerly known as New Jersey Writing Project). An editing technique from Abydos training we use is a technique called Ratiocination. I am attaching a PDF I found from another district explaining the process. I hope you find it useful! Would love to hear back from anyone using this technique. Download here.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I spent the morning working with district colleagues and Irene. Just as I was beginning to feel overwhelmed with work in education I am now rejuvenated!

We spent the morning discussing our roles as trainers of coaches and big ideas we should work toward. I came away from the talk thinking how important it is that we continue to hone our observation and analysis skills.

I'm going to include a few "one-liners" of Irene's that have me thinking in new and deeper ways. Hope you find them thought-provoking as well!

Thanks to everyone in the training this morning for contributing to my learning!

"It's more than changing teaching, it's changing thinking."
"Teaching is a beautiful blend of art and science."
"Talk reveals her (the teacher) understanding."

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Happy New Year! Can you believe 2010 is here! What's your resolution this year???

This week is Literacy Collaborative training week 4. We've been digging into our the reading and writing work of our case study students. It's a great group of people!

I want to share a great book I just read, Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore. It's a story about 2 unlikely men that become friends and the woman that brought them together. It's a true story, one that will make you laugh and cry. I highly recommend you read this fabulous book!

I also am putting together list of new titles for children. I'll post them soon.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday, December 11

Today was the last day of Week 3 of the Coaching Academy. I had the opportunity to work with a great group of educators from all around the northeast. We worked very hard analyzing teaching and honing our coaching skills. It was a great opportunity to meet 17 dedicated educators that are working hard to help teachers meet the needs of all their students. If any of you read this I hope you will keep in touch.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thursday, December 10

Today in the coaching academy we focused our coaching on writing. We watched a grade 1 and grade 7 lesson. The group also listed some helpful resources. Hope you all find them helpful!

Janet Angelillo - A Fresh Approach to Teaching Punctuation, Writing to the Prompt and Writing About Reading
Carl Anderson - Assessing Writers, How's It Going?
Barry Lane - Reviser's Toolbox, After the End
Katie Wood Ray - Study Driven, About the Authors
Jeff Anderson - Mechanically Inclined
Mary Ellen Giacobbe & Martha Horn - Talking, Drawing, Writing

Some other authors of good professional text on writing are...
Lucy Calkins
Maria Cruz
Ralph Fletcher
Tom Romano

Please post more titles!

Thursday, December 10

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Today at the coaching academy we talk a lot about language and how our coaching and teaching should be generative. We also discussed what proficient readers do and how we can use this analysis to inform our coaching with teachers.

The coaches were sharing helpful sources for purchasing leveled texts. Here are some of the publishers they shared.
Steck and Vaugh "Pair-It" Books
Time for Kids
National Geographic

Please share any publishers you are familiar with that offer quality text for readers. Thanks!


RIP, I lost my beloved buddy to doggie cancer in August.