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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Boosting Schools' Value Without Spending a Dime

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With our economy heading into unknown financial challenges, educators across America are wondering what will be happening to their contracts, their student requirements, and national/state educational standards.

Washington Post's Jay Mathews is trying to come up with avenues beyond the "government" influence as to how we as educators might think outside the box and stand together as a school team with better options.

Read the above article and check out his blog.....there are some excellent "pondering/debating" articles to discuss at your next staff meeting.


Educator's Concerns Blog:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sam's Interactive Reader

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A wonderful reading experience for primary readers. Using this site with my grandchildren has been such a source of joy. When they arrive, it is straight to the computer, after a few hugs, and they get started with Sam's stories. It doesn't matter how many times they may have heard the story being read to them....they continue to listen and practice reading right along with the story.

Visit the site, download Sam's interactive reading room, then relax and enjoy this delightful Internet connection.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Adopt an Author Program

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Take a moment to check out this new program for young adult readers and reluctant readers. What an inspiring way to get your students connected to an author whether you are a teacher or a librarian.

Registration is free, but necessary. You will have access to curriculum connections and interactive websites. There is also a writers connection to the Megsite ( ) that will help students in every phase of writing, including how to get publish.

Enjoy creating moments by connecting your students with an author,

February's Finds

Hello Educators,

Sorry for the bit of a much to do and so little time to get it all accomplished.
This month's reading selections hit a wide range of reading subjects yet I know that you will find a nugget a inspiration to take back into your classroom:

Next Stop Reading Junction

Doctors Urge Parents to Read

Reach Out and Read

Taking the Kids: Books Fill the Dead Times on a Trip

Kids can Help Arthur Find a New Friend

Playaways and Audio Book Research

Enjoy these reading updates, happy inspirational journeying......

Meet Author Robin Gunn

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Have you ever read a series and adored the writer's work? Well I have numerous times. What is so great about meeting authors and reading their work is that once you get older.....they are still emerging as writers and new characters get born.
That is what is happening with Christy Miller's author.

Robin has branched out into a new series for beginner readers, Mrs. Rosey Posey is a delight made for those moments of reading giggles.

A must order for Elementary Libraries............

Enjoy this fun new character,
Mrs K

MrsK's Reading Bio

Reading is important! No questions asked, not even a blink of the eye from any student I grew up with. On the first day of the First grade, we were given our first books. Day two we all read aloud, round robin of course. Day three we were place in our first basal, now known as a lit circle group. Books were so important, publishers designed new curriculum so that every student was reading by the end of the first week. These early readers had images that looked like what we could see in the classroom, beyond the classroom, even on the big screen. Reading is important, throughout history every generation has believed that “Reading” opens up the world for endless possibilities.

I adore the 1950’s Dick and Jane books. Actually, most reading specialists and experienced (45+) educators believe that every student learned to read with Dick and Jane. Since these books are being re-issued, I have heard many parents, grandparents, and students claim that Dick and Jane stories of repetition does teach students to read.

Early influences from my mother influenced my desire to read. I would watch her read and we would go on “secret” excursions to the library. The library became my playground. I owned every book I could carry home, of course they needed to be taken back to their home after visiting with me for a week or two. My first book that I could pull off of the library shelf and read was, Father Bear Comes Home. I only saw my dad on Sundays for a few hours. I would pull this beginning reader off of the library shelf every week. Every week I would try to read the first chapter. Every week I got further in the story. My mom would let me check it out, only if I could read it myself (She didn’t like the illustrations therefore she didn’t want to take time to read it to me). One day, I pulled the book from the shelf and when mom came to get me from the children’s corner, I realized that I had read the whole story. I ran to the check out desk and the Librarian KERCHUNKED the checkout card. My mother, brother and neighbors read. My teachers read. We all read aloud all day long in school. The Priest read aloud every day at mass, even in Latin. Everybody in the Doctor’s office read. People on the bus read. Dad’s waiting in their cars as the Mom’s and children grocery shopped, read. In fact, once you could read and write, Sunset Magazine considered you a reader and sent you mail every day.

Reading is important; I’ve spent my life reading. I’ve traveled around the world and into space through books. My favorite genre is whichever book I have open at the time. Children’s Literature is my passion. Book clubbing is one of the best past times, especially if food is involved. In fact my friends of old are in a book club and we are about to embark on a beach trip to “read” and discuss our newest selection.

My “home-run” book story has helped every student find his or her own “home-run” reads. Every year, I have shared my, Father Bear Comes Home, and every year my students have brought in their “home-run” books. That’s the “diving board” into our Lit. Studies.

In “Growing Up Digital,” Tapscott’s insights into the new generations enthusiasm for the Net reminded me of my generation’s enthusiasm for reading, movies, TV, parties and our driving permits. The Net-Generation, as Tapscott describes, “are learning, playing, communicating, working, creating communities, and enforcing a social transformation.”
N-Geners are interactive “techies” who are always looking for a way to “work it” verses the TV Generation of “Baby Boomers” who started out looking for “how it works.” Reading development is tougher today, society moves too fast to invest their “non-working” free time into a book or even “home work.” Since I stepped into my own classroom, I have seen students being told to read, being forced to read, and threatened into reading. Homework is not any longer the vehicle for students to gain their future lifestyles or careers with. Yet, the Internet does create an enthusiasm for learning. Since I have been enrolled in these courses, I have used the computers in every subject. My students are using the newest technology in the classroom because I am giving them investigative sites to use as they learn from each other and books. I agree with Tapscott, in order to bridge the gap with this up and coming generation we must “live and learn with them.”

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