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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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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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