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Lessons That Will Help Students Fall in Love with Close Reading
December 23, 2013 | Comments
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Here's a book about close reading that's worthy of your attention. Reviewer Kevin Hodgson is a sixth grade ELA teacher and technology liaison with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project. He reviews books and writes a blog about the ELA classroom at MiddleWeb, where this review first appeared.    Falling in Love with Close Reading: Lessons for Analyzing Texts and Life, by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts (Heinemann, 2014)  Reviewed by Kevin Hodgson   Authors Christopher Lehman and Kate Robe... [continue reading]
 
 
Book Review: Overcoming Textbook Fatigue
March 1, 2013 | Comments
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by Joan Nash Comer When I was asked to read and review Overcoming Textbook Fatigue (ASCD, 2012) by ReLeah Cossett Lent, my first thought was Oh my stars! What perfect timing! I was in the midst of my own textbook fatigue in early winter, as a 6th grade reading teacher at Columbia Elementary School in Madison, Alabama. My second thought was Oh my stars! When will I ever have time to do this?! However, when I began to read the author's well-crafted and insightful content, it was immediately obviou... [continue reading]
 
 
Reflections on a Teaching Life
August 17, 2012 | Comments
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As the new school year begins, we're pleased to share this reflection on teaching by Georgina P. Nelson, ABPC's Director of Professional Learning during 2011-12. Georgina (the mother of toddler twins!) is moving into school administration this fall, serving as assistant principal for Madison Elementary in the Madison City Schools. During the past year, Georgina's insights, vitality, and passion for the work energized us and we know she will energize the teachers and students in her new school as... [continue reading]
 
 
Hearts & Minds: How We Teach Reading
April 30, 2012 | Comments
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by Caroline NovakPresident, A+ Education Partnership   If non-fiction speaks to the mind, literature speaks to the heart, as a teacher's story published recently in the New York Times so well demonstrates. Some of her observations are important for Alabama, as we take new steps to accelerate real learning in our classrooms, bring more balance to assessment and accountability, and increase our educators' capacity to lead students to higher levels of thinking and understanding.  Claire Hollander e... [continue reading]
 
 
Two Mobile Schools That “Elevate the Essentials”
February 9, 2011 | Comments
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by Cathy GassenheimerWhat is essential for schools? Three simple things: reasonably coherent curriculum (what we teach); sound lessons (how we teach); and far more purposeful reading and writing in every discipline, or authentic literacy (integral to both what and how we teach). But as numerous studies demonstrate, these three essential elements are only rarely implemented; every credible study confirms that they are still pushed aside by various initiatives, every year, in the majority of schoo... [continue reading]
 
 
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