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Word Hacks: Working the Words with "Write" Tools

Posted by meaningmatters on October 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Word Hacks: Working the Words with ‘Write’ Tools

Written by: Lauren Mitsis

Teachers across grades and states engage in word work. Why is it so important? Because it builds a strong foundation in reading. In Making Sense of Phonics: The Hows and Whys, Isabel L. Beck explains that beginning readers need “the code.” Did you know that National Reading Panel concluded that phonics was the most successful way to teach reading? They stressed the impo...

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Finding Your Voice in America-Storytelling For ELL Students

Posted by meaningmatters on October 12, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Written by Kim Turgeon

Stories are the core of what our relationships are founded on. They connect us and help us relate to other people. Think about when you are sitting around the table with a group of friends, you share personal experiences, recount someone else’s story, tell jokes, all which can be thought of as types of storytelling. Without the voice to tell a story however, this social aspect would be missing. Storytelling in my classroom has not only benefited ...

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3 Tips for Ensuring Children Know We Believe in Them

Posted by meaningmatters on September 28, 2014 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Written by Kim Turgeon

As I walked into my son’s classroom for curriculum night I knew immediately why he was having such a phenomenal year in fourth grade. It was a simple sign, which hung directly above the daily schedule.

When I asked my son why he loved school he said,  “My teacher likes me and knows I can do it, if I try my best”. Not only did the s...

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