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Please join us for our book clubs this year!  We are excited to offer two fantastic books.  

Click below for more information, and register on the staff development calendar.

disrupting thinking book club poster

catching readers book club

We are excited to offer a three part learning team for ELL teachers and classroom teachers for the 2018/2019 school year!

We will use this book to guide our learning:

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ELL joint project 2018 19 new

We are so excited to have Lori Jamison Rog work in our district!

Lori Jamison Rog is a teacher, author, and literacy consultant.  She has written many professional books on reading and writing instruction.  She serves as the Education Director for High Interest Publishing, which produces high interest-low vocabulary novels for struggling readers. A popular speaker at literacy conferences across North America and beyond, Lori is currently an independent consultant, providing professional development to schools and districts.

She will facilitate three 1/2 day sessions for Grades 1-3 teachers.  

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I love Donalyn Miller's books.  She also has a great blog.  Here's an article from a few years ago that's worth a re-read:

Book Challenge Revisited

Daily 5 is a great framework for structuring literacy time so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently.  Our Daily 5 book club met yesterday for the last time, and many teachers asked for support and direction as to what the mini lessons should include for reading and writing.  Here is a list of books that will help you, broken up into the daily 5 categories.

Books that Support the Daily 5 Structure


Click here to read Pernille Ripp's article about kids self selecting books.

I had the pleasure of seeing Lori Jamison Rog present at the Literacy Summit this past weekend.  She has some practical suggestions as to how to support our struggling readers.

Struggling readers need to read MORE than other readers. 

Our strugglers have GREAT avoidance skills, such as taking a long time to choose a book, going to the bathroom during silent reading, acting out to avoid work, just to name a few.

Struggling readers need to practice sight words, as this will help with fluency when it comes to connected text.

These kids need CHOICE over their reading. 

They need time to read books that are not too difficult, AND they need tiptoe books - books that are a bit difficult, but someone is helping them with the text. 

They need to hear a lot of read alouds (all kids do!) and building their background knowledge is key. 

Here is a booklet from Lori's workshop.  Her ideas come from her book “Struggling Readers:  Why Band-Aids Don’t Stick and Worksheets Don’t Work”.

Really, these are just great tips for ALL our students!

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There are a lot of resources that will help you teach a growth mindest that are free on Teachers Pay Teachers!  Check out this link!

Thank you to the teachers who are participating in our "Mindset for Learning"  Book Club.  Last night was our first session.  We had great discussions, and everyone shared wonderful ideas, that inspired so many people.  This book includes a picture book list that will help you teach a growth mindset in your classroom.  Click here -  Growth Mindset Book list