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Kathryn Christy
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Compliments for our Students!
This year, as a staff we are reading How To Train A Wild Elephant  by Jan Chozen Bays.  The book focuses on mindfulness and the opportunities to grow within yourself by practicing various "mindful" strategies. Many of the strategies are simple, to the point...
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Who's Doing the Work?
This summer I've done a fair amount of professional reading.  There is one text that has really stuck with me and is constantly jumping into my thoughts as I prepare for the school year ahead. Drum roll please...  I read this book very quickly the first tim...
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Starting Up~Getting Ready for Reading Workshop
I recently returned from another summer reading institute at Teachers College.  It was a great week filled with learning, sharing, and networking with other like minded teachers from across the globe.  My mind is swirling from all the new information, revie...
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Reflection Time
The word reflect, taken as a verb, simply means to think, ponder, meditate.  As we get ready to close out another school year, it's a great time for reflection.  How long will it be before we will truly take the time to reflect on this past year?  For me, i...
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DIY!
I'm a bit of a reality TV show junky, yet I'm  selective about what I watch.  My favorites are mostly related to improving homes and house hunting.  I love, Property Brothers , Fixer Upper , Flip or Flop and Beachfront Bargain Hunt .  I was heartbroken when...
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Monitoring Independent Reading
We all know that independent, engaged reading is critical to reading development for all students.  I can be frequently heard telling students, "You know how to become a better reader?  READ!"  Donalyn Miller, the author of Reading in the Wild and The Book ...
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Reading Non-Negotiables
During the course of the last few years members of WCSU have been working on a variety of curriculum areas.  Many committees have formed to create lists of "non-negotiables" in the areas of reading, writing and math.  Committees are also at work in the area...
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Details that Convince: Opinions, Persuasion, and Arguments
I'm reading an exciting new resource, The Big Book of Details by Rozlyn Linder.  This book is all about teaching students the "moves" authors use to elaborate in their writing.  Once again, an amazing educator has done the heavy lifting for us.  Linder rese...
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Oh my, my, NEW BOOKS!
This week some new arrivals have been added to the library in the PD office. YEAH!  I'm very excited to get reading these books. Here's a quick book buzz for each.  I think I'm going to start with The Big Book of Details  by Rozlyn Linder,because it has a g...
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