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Writer's Workshop is off to a good start in my class! 
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9/17/16
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I have tried something a bit different for a micro progression. I'm working with a 7th grader in writing and he uses simple, sometimes repetitive sentences. We need to work on adding sentence variety and improve his word choice. My goal is for him to pick one sentence in every paragraph he has written in an essay to improve. So this micro progression has 5 levels. I am hoping to give him a tool to work on two writing traits simultaneously, review parts of speech and integrate using resources like a thesaurus all in a single mini-lesson.

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#cyberPD  I did not participate this summer with DIY Literacy (I read the book and many posts, but didn't write about it) because I was traveling. I am home now and school starts next week. I am trying to be more organized about the #DigiLitSunday  round up at my blog. Posts will begin again on Sunday, Aug. 7th. Please consider joining the group. If you blog about digital literacy, link up with us and share. Post your information in this Google doc. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Lb3ieAeei_yO7-X_-vnbwgKhVrwmMjMRKZTTR2e1bUA/edit?usp=sharing

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Here's my share out on chapters five and six. I especially thank all of you. Your posts are so full of information and there is powerful learning from you all! 

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Hello all!

Here's my screencast reflection over chapters 5-6 :) Sorry so late... I just returned from vacation! I didn't have time to upload and process the video before we left in the wee hours of the morning 10 days ago. I have to say no TV or laptop for my trip was just what I needed though ;) I can't wait to catch up on the discussions!

I know you all will appreciate my story more than my husband. :) I have thought a lot about my demo notebook. I came up with these criteria: Spiral bound, no lines on the pages, hardcover, and a bonus would be perforated pages so I could transfer to a binder if I change my mind mid-year. And I wanted 2: one for reading, one for writing. I went to Michael's. They had kind of what I wanted, minus the hard cover, and it cost $25.00+. I went to Staples, where they had what I wanted for $45, minus the perforated pages. I went to Chapters (book store) and they had what I wanted for $12, but it wasn't spiral bound. I took my daughter to the dollar store because we are going on a trip and she needed a notebook. That is where I found the exact sketchbook I wanted for my demo notebook. And it cost $3.00. So I bought 3 of them, and resisted the temptation to buy all of them. :)

I'm really hoping people will continue to use this group as the year goes by, or Michelle's padlet, to share their evolving demo notebooks. I feel like I have a lot to learn by experimenting with this tool.

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Sorry I am late to post this week! It's been wonderful being part of this incredible community of educators and reading such a fantastic book!

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Just wanted to share ... we created a "hub" padlet to house the four different #DIYLiteracy  teaching tools. There are links to additional padlets for each specific teaching tool: charts, demonstration notebooks, micro-progressions, and bookmarks.

The goal is to create tools for our classrooms, snap a picture, and share with others to use as stepping stones to move us forward in utilizing teaching tools to create independent readers, writers, and thinkers! We started with examples from DIY Literacy. The rest is up to us!

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First I'd like to thank everyone for allowing me to participate in this 2016 #cyberPD: DIY Literacy. This was my first year and I enjoyed the book and reading all the comments and reflections.

Ok here are my thoughts on Ch 5-6. I totally agreed with the "but how do I keep that up every night.... pg 72 about the pressure to differentiate our instruction. I've felt that way numerous times. I like how Kate and Maggie stated in the next paragraph about "our teaching with the best part of ourselves" after we conserve our energy from worrying about differentiation. I'd like to create an If/Then chart too.
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