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Host a Book Tasting!

Book Tasting

Let me just start with this, if you haven’t held a book tasting for your students then you need to plan one now! This event was simple to plan and had great payoffs! My students were so excited and engaged, it was an event that made my teacher heart burst! There are so many reasons to have a book tasting and so many purposes. My #1 reason to have a book tasting is to share the love of reading. There…

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Love Notes! Teaching Students for a Greater Purpose!

Hello Sassy, Savvy, Simple Teaching Fans! I’m a Dr. Sonia Martin, the author of “Love Notes: A Guide To Developing A Compassionate Heart And Teaching Students For A Greater Purpose” (scheduled to be released February 2017). [click on any of the photos below for a direct link] “Love Notes” takes readers on a spiritual and uplifting journey of rekindling the passion for teaching and learning. Readers will learn how to teach and lead with a compassionate heart and acquire a…

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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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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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