Individualize Instruction with Google Classroom

Posted by Debbie Lee - 13 Days Ago

Using Google Classroom's new Assignment feature to encourage the writing process. 

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Organize Now for a Stress Free 2017 School Year

Posted by Debbie Lee - 1 Month and 10 Days Ago

One of my absolutely FAVORITE tools to keep me organized is Symbaloo.  It's free. It's easy. It's fluid and adapts to changes in my needs. I think of Symbaloo as my digital lesson plan website.

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Independent Reading - Now's the Best Time to Read a Class Novel

Posted by Debbie Lee - 1 Month and 25 Days Ago

As an English teacher, since I've been teaching READ 180, I miss reading class novels with my students. I understand and support the very valid reasons behind having students read independently, but I still miss class novels. That said, there is still a valid way to fit in a class novel before the end of the year.

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Enhance Vocabulary & General Knowledge with NYT Word of the Day

Posted by Debbie Lee - 2 Months and 9 Days Ago

Are your students, like mine, vocabulary poor?  Do they have a large "vocabulary gap?"  Having a wide vocabulary is one factor that helps students in reading and writing. However, many students lack the vocabulary knowledge needed to take them to the next level.

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N.G. Writing Zone in Practice

Posted by - 3 Months Ago

In a previous blog, I explained how my students use textual evidence to respond to their Writing Zone Prompts. At the end of Trimester 2, almost every student is now writing six plus sentence responses with evidence. Today, I would like to share some examples of their work.

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Independent Reading Update

Posted by Debbie Lee - 3 Months and 21 Days Ago

With the coming of the half-way point in this school year, students should be well ensconced in our class routines: Whole Group, Small Group, READ 180 Software, and even Independent Reading.  However, no matter how routine the routines become, I always find there is room for reflection and improvement.  

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Why Do So Many Students Struggle to Write?

Posted by Debbie Lee - 3 Months and 28 Days Ago

For some, writing comes easy. Words flow into sentences; sentences flow into paragraphs; paragraphs become essays or research papers or books.  For others, this symbiotic relationship does not exist. Many of these students end up in our READ 180 classrooms.

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Students CAN Edit their NG Writing Zone Paragraphs

Posted by Debbie Lee - 4 Months and 12 Days Ago

One of the most wished for improvements to READ 180 Next Generation is the ability for students to go back and edit their Writing Zone paragraphs.  This year, I realized there is an easy way students can edit and revise them through their school emails, or with its recent improvements, Google Classroom.

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Increase Writing Part 4: Writing Opportunities in All 9 NG Stage C Workshops

Posted by Debbie Lee - 5 Months and 7 Days Ago

Reading and writing are reciprocal processes, where improvements in one lead to improvements in the other and vice-versa. By giving students multiple opportunities to write, they become stronger writers. By giving students multiple opportunities to write, they also grow as readers.  

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Assessing Student Writing Can Be Quick, Powerful & Motivating (Increase Writing - Part 3)

Posted by Debbie Lee - 5 Months and 17 Days Ago

In Increase Writing, Part 3, I want to discuss an easy, quick, and powerful way to assess students' compositions - and teach them the value of editing and revision.

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