Writing : Across space and time

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The hardest part of meeting all students needs comes from the undeniable fact that every student has his own set of needs. And maybe it is because I like doing two or more things at once, or I had great teachers helping me learn, but I don't find it as difficult to level lessons while keeping the tasks enough alike that all the students are...

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Students struggle with details when they don’t know what they are writing (talking) about. Just like a bad used car salesman. Students will struggle to provide reasons or evidence when they have no real knowledge or experience to draw on. This is not unknown in the world of “writing” teachers and is evident in their vanilla prompts e.g. write about a time you went somewhere fun....

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