Tip of the Week November 28, 2008


November 27, 2008

Book Boxes - What Are They and Why Use Them?

From the Daily CAFE? Archives, Joan shows you the book boxes in her classroom and explains the value to this vessel.

Daily 5? - Book Boxes - Changing the Books (VIDEO)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When do students change books?

Given what the research and leaders in our field are saying, we teach children to choose books that are a "Good Fit" for them, books they enjoy and that, Routman states, seem "custom-made for the child". Once we teach students how to choose books, they need time to browse. Thinking about our own patterns of book shopping, it usually isn't a short stop. We use 5 different methods, when the time is appropriate, for students to spend time looking, thinking and reflecting on how to choose books and then what books they are interested in. Click on this page for the whole article.

FAQ - When and how do students change books? (PDF)

Book Talks for Current Book Picks

Our wish is that each of you had a bookstore you loved and could count on for perfect recommendations whenever you needed them. You say you don't have one? Let us introduce you to Anderson's Bookstore in Naperville, Illinois. You don't live in Illinois? Well we don't either, but their website is almost as good as being there.

Book Talks for Current Book Picks (WEBSITE)

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I Don't Know What to Write

"I don't know what to write about!" Do you ever hear those words in your classroom? Sometimes those seven words evoke the same emotional response in us as when a child says, "I think I'm going to throw up." When someone says, "I think I'm going to throw up," we run for the trash can, plug our noses, and escort them quickly to the nurse's office. Hmm...maybe if we did that with our stumped writers they'd have something to write about. In Crafting Writers K-6, 2008, Elizabeth Hale introduced "Memory Sparkers" and "Ways to Get Ideas for Writing". These simple statements are fresh ideas for a long standing problem. Check out these writing ideas.

Ideas for Writer's Block (PDF)

Holding Students Accountable After the Conference

Don't you love the feeling of pleasure and satisfaction that follows a really successful informal conference with a child? You know the ones....your conversation was engaging and authentic, your teaching point was perfectly delivered and applicable, the child got back to work right away....and you wished your principal had been there to see it all play out. Then, the pleasure turns to dismay the next time you check in, because they can't remember what they were supposed to be focusing on. Sigh. We've been there. In this article you will find 3 different ways teachers help students remember their next steps. Two of these ideas are also downloads.

Holding Students Accountable After the Conference (PDF/Word)

Expand Vocabulary - Tune In To Interesting Words Ready Reference Guide

As we worked with our students and developed our Literacy CAFE? Menu in our classrooms, we discovered that one of the most effective ways to begin expanding our student's vocabulary, as well as help them learn to love words and their meaning, was merely through Tuning into Interesting Words.

Here is the Ready Reference Guide for this foundational strategy that is used in grades Kindergarten through 12.

Expand Vocabulary - Tune into Interesting Words Ready Reference Guide (Word)

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We are thankful for you and this time we can spend together! Until next week!

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