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Tip of the Week January 9, 2009

January 8, 2009

Happy New Year! We've Improved Our Site

We hope you all had a wonderful break and enjoyed time with family and friends. We had an unusual amount of snow in the Seattle area which provided us with a few extra days off. It was the first white Christmas we have had in many, many years. There is something really magical and wonderful about a snow day - when we are forced to stop, stay home, and relish the luxury of sitting with cocoa in front of a fire while curled up with a good read!

Tip of the Week December 5, 2008

December 4, 2008

Vocabulary Development with Comprehension Instruction - Expert Advise

What does an expert have to say regarding vocabulary and comprehension instruction? This video snippet from Reading Rockets will give you a glimpse. In this video, Isabel Beck talks about her three tiered approach to vocabulary. Her system really helps us decide which words are worthy of our time and effort to teach, as well as determine which words will have the greatest impact on student learning.

Vocabulary with Isabel Beck (Website)

Tip of the Week November 7, 2008

November 6, 2008

Reading Log

Do you keep a Reading Log, carefully recording title, author, genre and comments regarding every book you read? Few of us do. So why do so many of us ask our students to keep a Reading Log? Is there a purpose in requiring our students to do this specific task, which so few of us do ourselves, or are we asking students to spend considerable time on a task that may not have purpose or meaning in real life?

This week we have an article about how we use "Reading Histories" with our children and a download of the form.

Tip of the Week October 31, 2008

October 30, 2008

Listen to Reading Websites

We constantly keep our ears open for great websites that read to our students. Many authors can be heard reading their children's books on their websites, as well. This week we have our favorite Listen to Reading sites linked for easy access.

Listen to Reading Websites

Frequently Asked Question

I am wondering which assessments you use in your classrooms? Our district is thinking about switching from the DRA? to the DRA2?. Do you use the DRA2??

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