Wednesday, March 16, 2011

How do you publish student's stories?

I always want my students to take pride in what they write, so after we have a conference over a piece of their writing they are able to publish their stories. A few resources they can use to publish their stories include...
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What are some resources you use for students to publish their work?

How do you motivate your boy writers?

This year in my classroom I have been following the format of No More "I'm Done!": Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades by Jennifer Jacobson, I absolutely love this book and recommend it to any primary teacher! Using the format Jacobson recommends I have noticed a huge desire in my students urge to write, but I am always looking for more great ideas on how to get those harder to reach students to want to pick up the pencil and write. Here are two books that have really got the boys in my room to become authors.

Check out the author's website with great ideas to use in your room also. This books explores writing Haiku with all the nature loving concepts boys love :)

The boys in my room also love dinosaurs and any amazing animal fact they can find out. In the book Dinosaurs Galore the author uses interesting facts in a rhythmical way to increase the author's voice and appeal to the young audience. My boys are always going back to this book to reflect on ideas for their new stories.

What the Teacher Wants!: We want to say {THANK YOU}!

What the Teacher Wants!: We want to say {THANK YOU}!: "We want to say thank you to our readers!  We really appreciate all of the love, support, and inspiration we get from all of you out the..."

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Against the Wind: 11 reasons why I blog.

Against the Wind: 11 reasons why I blog.: "1 I blog to discover a deeper understanding of why I feel the way I do about a topic. 2. I blog to challenge the way I feel about a top..."

Friday, March 11, 2011

Do you tweet?

Along with blogging, I think tweeting is highly addictive and beneficial. I love all the new ideas I receive on twitter along with tips, educational news, and just knowing there is a huge network of amazing teachers working together to improve education. If you tweet, follow me @2FALIONS

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Our two goldies

My first linky party! I have been so amazed by the wonderful teachers that reach out and teach our children everyday. I feel so blessed to be a teacher and be able to connect with other magnificent teachers all over the world! My first linky party is hosted by Ladybug's Teacher Files 

So here we go,  a picture of my pets.

I have two golden retrievers. Riley is 7 years old and totally a gentle lion. He is so lovable and always wants to snuggle. He has been my running partner when training for marathons, and my companion when my husband is gone.

Our second golden retriever Casey, is Riley's younger spunky brother. You would be amazed out how much energy Casey has with him only being a year younger then Riley. Casey is constantly wanting to go running, play fetch, and eat. My three year old and him our best friends.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Guided Reading

After reading a post on What the Teacher Wants I thought I would also share how I do guided reading/strategy groups. I love the books by the sisters and have been implementing the Literacy Cafe and Daily 5 in my classroom for about four years. I also highly recommend the book by Debbie Diller Making the Most of Small Groups: Differentiation for All . In Debbie Diller's book she has a similar format to the guided reading folder that What the Teacher Wants,  but it addresses key concepts that students in those areas are working on. I will upload the photos and documents of my guided reading/strategy group work folders later.