"Pet peeves, shopping list, topics of conversation, things you own that you're glad are yours, things you can do (that you couldn't do when you were a baby), things you've heard about from the news....
Those are the "gritty life…"
"TEA hasn't released any yet, and rumor has it that there aren't going to be any released for a long, long, long time. However, I'm putting onto the "handouts" section on the ning a 9th grade expository piece which…"
"Thank God I get to close that classroom door.
Exactly my sentiment, Manuel! And flash fiction is a great idea.
We could also ask students to read a score-point-four paper from TAKS and edit it down for size. It would at…"
"That "extension" is what Victoria Young calls a reflective layer, a thoughtful looking-back and discussing why that particular moment was important, in more depth than they've done before. It's like an exploded…"
Gretchen, I wanted to tell you once again how much I enjoyed seeing you at CREST. You are such a darling, precious woman... Today in Sunday school, our teacher spoke of a book called: WHEN THE GAME IS OVER, IT ALL GOES IN THE BOX. One thing he mentioned that it is rare to find anyone in our society who thinks of others instead of always thinking of themselves. I thought of YOU... You encourage others and celebrate ideas that others dream up without thinking of how it will benefit YOU.... As you just commented on Corbett's note, you always speak of "parallelisms" rather than competitions... Bravo to YOU.... And I am honored to call you my friend! Blessings on your week!!! Love, Kaye
Very exciting stuff! I'd love to hear what happens next with your Nevada Sparklers, and to exchange ideas. I was in Las Vegas, presenting on behalf of National Geographic School Publications to the Nevada Assn of School Administrators, and I showed them the Writingfix web site. I showed them our Sparklers and that there were Nevada teachers doing the same thing (bravo!) and I encouraged them to have teachers send in papers. You and I have been working in parallel universes, and so it's great to actually cross paths. I love that writingfix site.
Hi Gretchen...big fan here...inspired by Sparklers and our own Nevada system of preparing for the state exam with practice prompts, we hosted a "Nevada Sparklers" contest, and the response from our teachers was unbelievable...
Just ordered CrunchTime. Looking forward to reading it. Wanted to tell you that you've been a tremendous resource for me these past few weeks. Been working with a few high schools to help grow their persuasive writing. Loving Dogberry Logic, Jerk Talk, and Tevye's Debate! Getting awesome feedback. They love the novelty, simplicity and fun (me too)!
Right now, I am preparing my 7th graders for the Reading TAKS. We have covered almost every literary term, its meaning, and usage. I am also taking my students to the computer lab for online TAKS practice at the end of this week.
Before the Writing TAKS, I focused heavy on the grammar and was able to incorporate some of the 'Schoolhouse Rock' jingles. The kids loved them and can still recite them.
I need to send you a letter about my benchmark scores. As a first year teacher after implementing tools gained from your workshop I had a 93% PASS rate in January for writing. My reading scores revealed an 81% Pass rate and we were not focused on the reading at that time.
I actually have had some success with your "Chicken Dance" too! When I get back to work (still on vacation), I'll look & see if I can share some photos of the kids using this to understand dialogue. The tactile link is sooo powerful!
A New workshop that turns rigor to vigor Creating ALL STAAR Writers and Readers : Success at STAAR through Engaging Teaching of Expository Writing and Non-Fiction ReadingTeaching reading and writing should be a joyful dynamic interactive process, not a bore. Alana Morris and I will show you the best practices in reading and writing that will help your students excel on the STAAR test without the drill and kill approaches that make students groan. Join us for two idea-packed days of classroom…See More
Here is a place to share ideas that transform students into lifelong writers and help them succeed on any writing test, including STAAR. Download lessons from Barry Lane, Gretchen Bernabei and Alana Morris to add to your tool box. See More