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The place for writing in literacy

Join the Conversation   In the latest push for student growth in literacy, are you seeing enough attention given to writing? And is the attention to writing direct instruction on writing procedures, or systematic application of those procedures? The answer to these two questions explains why it is important that we teachers of listening, reading, […]

The real back to the basics!

Every few years, some educators and parents cry out, We got to get back to the basics! It conjures up a popular School Daze jingle I heard in elementary school,                      “readin’,                                […]

Be first in Teacher Clarity – Quantify!

After a summer of renewal, we teachers get excited about teaching our students’ the nuance of the life cycle of a frog and why it matters, the miracle of the water cycle, the wide use of linear equations, the universal themes of Dr. Seuss, or the serious responsibilities implied by the U.S. Bill of Rights. […]

Literacy in three words

            “Voice, Pictures, and Flow. That’s all they need to know.” This quote from Georgia’s most beloved author, Flannery O’Connor, intrigued the fire out of me. I heard it from former graduate students of Miss O’Connor in my first year teaching a Language Studies for Teachers at the University of […]