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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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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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Writing: Moving Beyond Capitals And End Marks

Posted by meaningmatters on April 7, 2013 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Writing: Moving Beyond Capitals And End Marks

Written by Kim Turgeon

What makes a fabulous beginning writer? What skills do we hope to see our youngest writers transfer into their own writing?

Beginning last year I decided to dedicate a scheduled time specifically for oral language development in my classroom. I hoped that by devoting time to language development that was separate from writing workshop, I would see the benefits pay off in children’s indepen...

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