Writing : Across space and time

You know I am not shy, so here it goes . . . I don't see the value in the five paragraph essay that I use to see.   Why you ask?  Because the traditional avenues to wealth have greatly shifted and as an educator my job is to prepare students for their future not jump through the hoops of my 20th. Century education.   Video, graphic and social...

Read More

I know you know a child like this.  Has tons of information, loves to tell a story, has friends, plays a sport, loves projects but just can't seem to get organized.  For this article we will call her Sissy.   Sissy loves to write but she never finishes a story unless you push her and then she will write, "and then they all woke up"   Sissy probably needs...

Read More

Writing a summary is definitely an essential writing skill for students.  For teachers it can demonstrate understanding of concepts, processes and story lines.  To summarize successfully students need to read, sort, organize and compose information.  Here is the scaffolded approach I have developed that lets you pinpoint your instruction and support struggling students where they need assistance. When you first approach summary writing you want to...

Read More

As part of my high school RSP program student work on spiral review ELA skills.  This past week we review compound words.  The students all remembered what they were.  Everyone could give an example but the ELD students struggled to find the words you would encounter in a high school level text. Footlights, undercurrent and tenfold were words they could not identify let alone define.  And...

Read More

4 reasons I believe we need music in our schools. 1- Talent: Not as rarely as you might suspect a student's talent shines in a music class.  The inner poet finds its song.  The child who marches to the beat of his own drum, gets a drum! 2- Reading: Reading music is READING!   We read music left to right.  Specific symbols mean specific notes or actions.  Phrases...

Read More