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Writer's Workshop is off to a good start in my class! 
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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.

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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!

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I am late to the gate with this final post! But, here it is...and now I look forward to reading what everyone else has to say!

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Hi Everyone,

Oh, it has been a busy, busy week and I apologize for my delay in posting! I have enjoyed reading everyone’s posts and ideas, especially the new Padlet! Rather than continue to put off my post since I did not have enough time, I decided to follow Kathleen’s lead and offer a 6 word memoir for the last 2 chapters of the book: Why didn’t I think of that?!

My most compelling learning for these chapters focused on the use of If-Then charts. I use them often in my work with teachers, helping them to make instructional decisions in guided reading, reading workshop, writing conferences, literacy intervention, etc. They are incredibly helpful tools. I even made one recently for The Reading Strategies Book to help my teachers strategically choose strategies and lessons for their students. I am attaching it here in case you are interested.

However, I never thought to do the same for our students and I am not sure why! The If-Then charts help teach and support instructional decision-making FOR students. By using them WITH students, we can teach them how to make those literate decisions on their own. I am playing around with an If-Then chart for students based on The Reading Strategies Book to have a go at creating one, but am thinking of so many If-Then charts that could give students control of their own learning: for word solving, for comprehension, for writing, for inquiry, for literacy routines, etc.. The list goes on and on and could be a game-changer for the classroom. It definitely was for me.

Now, when I use the If-Then charts with my teachers, I will push them to make this realization about using them with students. We will articulate why they are helpful and important, how they helped us as readers, writers and teachers and how they could do the same for students.

What didn’t I think of that?!


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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