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Posted by Community Manager on September 16 2013 at 2:36 PM
 Meet Sally Doulton  I’ve met Sally on more than one occasion and am always in awe of all she does to teach and reach struggling readers from birthday cakes to share with the class, to penpal activities to stretch students’ experiences with the world. When Sally last visited Scholastic she described an array of projects around the book Buddy by M.H. Herlong. Sally made one of those connections between the text and her students that reminds all of us of the power of literature to give…
Posted by Community Manager on September 05 2013 at 2:24 PM
Great Ideas from READ 180 and System 44 Outstanding Teachers Scholastic recently held an Advisory Board Meeting with the 2013 Outstanding Educator Award winners and the Community Website bloggers. My colleagues and I were informed and inspired… there were tears and cheers as we got glimpses into the learning lives of the children you teach and into your teaching lives.  The meeting started with each all–star sharing artifacts from his or her teaching experiences using READ 180 and System…
Posted by Community Manager on June 27 2013 at 9:40 AM
If you’ve ever attended a Literacy Summit or National Summer Institute, I’m sure you remember Mary Mitchell. If you’ve never had the privilege of meeting this phenomenal woman you know her because Mary was a driving force behind READ 180 and System 44, and an advocate for all the teachers and students who are part of our community. Mary died recently and I want to share the following, as I think of all of you as part of the Scholastic family.   Memo: From Margery Mayer re: Mary Mitchell …
Posted by Community Manager on June 18 2013 at 11:58 AM
Here Are My Top Picks My reading for summer will be something like this…something old, something new, something to be tried, something true.   Something Old I’m rereading one of my favorite books Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Confession-I picked up the book because I was drawn to the elegant design of my first name initial. Then I realized that it had been such a long time since I read the book and I needed to reread it as a more mature and experienced reader.     Something…
Posted by Community Manager on May 08 2013 at 11:01 AM
While Spring has just sprung, it’s not too early to get ready for summer reading. You know all too well and research confirms that students who don’t read over the summer fall behind, experiencing the summer slide. Scholastic is in its 7th year of encouraging summer reading and every year we try to provide more  resources for teachers and parents and to make it more fun for students. We know they need to read, we want them to also want to read. ·       …
Posted by Community Manager on April 03 2013 at 11:23 AM
Happy Poetry Month! One more thing to appreciate about April – the opportunity to celebrate poetry. This is a kind of a transition time in the school year… Testing is over or about to be completed and the school year is coming to a close. I’ve found that changing it up helps keep kids engaged and poetry can provide fresh content and exposure to literary craft. And poetry is part of the Common Core as it’s intrinsically complex and presents unique challenges and rewards for gaining meaning from…
Posted by Community Manager on March 13 2013 at 3:33 PM
I noticed that one of last week’s top tweets from Scholastic was about biographies, asking about favorites for classroom use. I’ve also read several posts on National Women’s History Month. By now READ 180 students have met many interesting people on the software, in the rBook and through their independent reading.   This might be a good time to check in with them on who made the deepest impression, an interesting topic for a wrap up session. One of the things I appreciate about the…
Posted by Community Manager on February 28 2013 at 4:37 PM
I wanted to share a recent interview that I did about cursive writing for the On Our Minds @ Scholastic Blog. What do you think about the role of cursive writing in a digital world? Have you seen a decline in schools teaching handwriting? In the early grades, I still see a lot of attention to manuscript printing, the handwriting for early education.   However, there’s not the big  “I get to do cursive!”  when students are in second or third grade as a recognized passage of…
Posted by Community Manager on January 30 2013 at 4:26 PM
Many of you are involved in implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or other rigorous standards.  We just launched a new website “Common Sense for the Common Core” and you’ll find some great resources including:Books Kids Love to Read – The CCSS document provides examples, but we went way beyond in consultation with librarians, teachers and others and came up with a robust list of literacy and informational texts.Free Resources – This section includes videos, sample lessons,…
Posted by Community Manager on January 15 2013 at 11:56 AM
We just released our fourth Kids & Family Reading Report on how kids are reading in the digital age and here’s what I learned: The good news is that boys are reading more for fun and ebooks are a factor in the uptick.  One in four boys who has read an ebook says he is now reading more books for fun.  Reluctant readers also indicated increased interest in reading.  The bad news is that girls report reading less.  I don’t want to see the gap ultimately closed by all kids…