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Dear Government, Please Stop Micromanaging Teachers,

Posted by meaningmatters on September 23, 2014 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Government,

Please stop micromanaging your teachers. They are professionals who have attended colleges and universities to become experts in educating children. Within five years of practical teaching experience in a classroom, they have all attained Master’s Degrees. By the year 2016 all teachers will also have taken RETELL which makes them highly qualified to teach English Language Learners. They participate in district wide professional development; attend conferences a...

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3 Reasons Beyond the Common Core to Write Non-Fiction

Posted by meaningmatters on April 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (1)

3 Reasons Beyond the Common Core to Have Young Children Write Non-Fiction 

The Common Core has placed a strong emphasis on the use of non-fiction in the classroom. Now learners of all ages need
 to become acquainted with the structures and features of informational texts, 
both as readers and as writers. More recently I have made an extended effort to explore non-fiction writing with my kindergarten children. I see many reasons, beyond the Common Core, ...

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Meaning Matters Storytelling With Dictation

Posted by meaningmatters on April 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Meaning Matters Storytelling With Dictation is an innovative classroom practiced designed to bridge the gap between students' oral language abilities and their independent writing. It is based on the understanding that in order to be a proficient writer, a child must have solid oral language skills. Factors such as fine motor development and phonics knowledge limit young children’s writing, yet their oral language skills are far more advanced. Meaning Matters St...

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