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#DIGITALLITERACY – Paperless Standards Based Literacy Activities

Created for the Google or Microsoft Classroom!

What is Digital Literacy? We all know Literacy means the ability to read and write. So Digital Literacy is accomplishing these tasks through utilizing technologies in the classroom. Digital Literacy is properly stated to be the ability to evaluate, create and share content using digital technologies and the internet. (Cornell University) This is exactly what I want for my students! Do you? I want my students to evaluate texts, media, questions, create responses and more using technology tools. Then share…

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Focus Board for the ELA Classroom!

As you scroll through the internet or Pinterest, you will find tons of ideas and version for a Focus Board. I discovered Focus Boards when I was a Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach. I found numerous ways that using a Focus Board in a classroom would be beneficial, so when I relocated to FL and returned to the classroom I knew I had to implement a Focus Board in my classroom! So I am here today to share with you…

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Professional Learning and Presenting at the NC Reading Conference!

Professional Learning as I like to call it [instead of development] has become more and more of a passion of mine on my career path! One thing for example, ask my staff, I’m am pro reading and book study! As an Educator and Literacy Coach I am always choosing a book to read with my staff or on my own each semester and summer. I am always trying to improve my practice as well as be an example to my…

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Improving Written Comprehension and Responses! [+ 2 FREEBIES!]

This post is for ALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WANTING TO INCREASE WRITTEN COMPREHENSION and RESPONSES!!! This post is full of ideas, suggestions and more to help improve student’s ability to compose text! Now, are you in NC like me? If so, everything below started from being involved in K-3 right here in NC. So this post is definitely geared towards you! If not, I’m pretty sure everyone involved in teaching the Common Core [or a variation of it], or giving…

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Common Vocabulary in TRC Written Comp. Questions

Do you teach the academic language and vocabulary? Do you assess reading levels using TRC? Do you teach in NC? ***If you use another reading assessment other than TRC like DRA, Fountas & Pinnell, etc… This is still for YOU!*** Rationale of Academic Language and Vocabulary! The emphasis on teaching the academic language and vocabulary has never been higher than now. Students need to be able to make meaning of the language and vocabulary in the standards and on academic assessments in order to…

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