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Jaime Mendelis
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A lifelong learner. . .
A lifelong learner. . .

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It Really Is All In the Details!
I've been setting some new foundations this year for our units of study.  I've thought a lot about what I want the enduring skills that will thread through each unit this year will be, and Falling in Love With Close Reading has really helped me with some of...
It Really Is All In the Details!
It Really Is All In the Details!
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How is reading like a conversation? Establishing big understandings first.
My husband is building his dream garage.  It's huge, has room for a lift, has an upstairs space for storage, and is placed strategically so he has space around it for car storage and parts.  Before we even cleared the first tree, he had a vision of what he ...

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Our Study of Narrative: Day One!!
Narrative is the way we share our lives with the world.  Whether you are a nerdy future-Bill Gates, a quiet wallflower, or a star athlete (or a mix of all 3!), your connection to the world and other people is through story. Today we begin our work with narr...
Our Study of Narrative: Day One!!
Our Study of Narrative: Day One!!
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How to Choose a Book . . . With a Twist!
Each year for ELA students are required to choose a book for independent reading.  Becoming a better reader is always a goal for our students, and the best way to do that is to read more! By the time students reach 7th and 8th grade, they are well-versed in...
How to Choose a Book . . . With a Twist!
How to Choose a Book . . . With a Twist!
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Narrative Assessment: Show What You Know
Today both 7th and 8th grade students completed a writing piece that assessed their knowledge of narrative writing.  The prompt was simple:  Write a personal narrative. Students dig right in to this task, and each period I had students who wrote until the v...

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Classroom Design: Essential to Reading/Writing Workshop Framework
I decided to go back to my roots. When I began teaching, I was blown away by Nancie Atwell's In the Middle  and began to implement everything I could about her workshop method.  Pretty gutsy for such a green teacher, but ignorance was bliss and I fell in lo...

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What is ELA, Really?
ELA.  English-Language Arts.  Ages ago when I was a middle school student, ELA meant that I was assigned a book, I took quizzes on its content, and then moved on to the next text.  I took quizzes and tests in grammar and spelling in the same way.  "Reading"...
What is ELA, Really?
What is ELA, Really?
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Recharged and Ready to Go!
Welcome to our brand new school year! I know, I know.  There are still 2 weeks left before school starts, but those back-to-school butterflies of excitement are already starting! Although I am sending a letter home to all my 7th and 8th grade parents and gu...
Recharged and Ready to Go!
Recharged and Ready to Go!
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Recharged and Ready to Go!
Welcome to our brand new school year! I'm looking forward to meeting new students and reconnecting with familiar ones.  This year we are
Recharged and Ready to Go!
Recharged and Ready to Go!
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Reading Workshop: Making it happen with limited time
I've been working recently with how to structure and organize, as authentically as possible, Reading and Writing Workshop into my 42 minute periods of 7th and 8th grade ELA.  I've decided to start wrapping my brain around Reading Workshop, since it's where ...
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