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Common Core – To Doubt or Not to Doubt


Washington post opinion writer, George F. Will recently published Doubts Over Common Core and I find myself thinking, “It’s just a list of education standards and commonality eases the burden of transiency. How’s that politicized?” I was born in SC … Continue reading

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Manageable Monitoring with Portfolios Portfolios can be used to house and organize progress monitoring notes, assessments, and student selected pieces that show the work they’re most proud of 🙂 What a great tool for student lead conferences! This link shows … Continue reading

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Spirit Animals


Helping teachers match students to “just right books” that appeal to their interests I happened to come across Spirit Animals from Scholastic. My daughter’s oldest brother died a year ago and her dad (my ex) began representing his three children with … Continue reading

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SMART Goals


SMART Goals are… Specific Who?, What?, Where?, When?, Which?, Why? Measurable How much?, How many?, How will I know when it is accomplished? Attainable Feasible, Appropriate, Within School’s Control Results-Oriented Based on results rather than intentions Timely Realistic time frame … Continue reading

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Guided Reading Plan & Communication Tool


This document is ideal for use when teachers, teacher assistants, interns, &/or literacy specialists work with groups of students they have in common.  Teachers have also found it useful for their own record keeping and reflection as well as a … Continue reading

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The Art of Coaching


Elena Aguilar is a fantastic trainer of coaches!  I got a lot out of her three day training for instructional facilitators of Gaston County Title I schools. Her coaching resources are of exceptional value! www.elenaaguilar.com I thought I had already gotten … Continue reading

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NO Rolling Book Bags!


A recent Google search on the issue of rolling book bags quickly revealed several pdf links to documents prohibiting them from schools. I was hoping to find out why, but found little to support my argument that they should be … Continue reading

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