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Teaching in the Belly of the Whale: Remembering Mr. Fells

To be a third grade student in Mr. Fells’ classroom at Manzanita Elementary School was to be one of the luckiest kids ever. He called our classroom the white whale because it was a blindingly white, single wide trailer.

May 25, 2022  |  By Alicia McCauley
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Personal Narrative in Being a Writer: Telling the Stories of Our Lives

Sometimes students struggle with examining their lives in the deep and powerful manner it takes to write effective personal narratives. One of my students, Laura, exclaimed in frustration one afternoon, “Mrs. D., you have 50+ years of memories. I only have 11. How can I reflect like you do?”

May 9, 2022  |  By Kathy King-Dickman
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“We Have Witnessed So Much Growth in Reading”: A Being a Reader Spotlight from Maryland

Hear from Allison Wist, Academic Coordinator for Resurrection-St. Paul School, Howard County, MD, about the school’s implementation of Being a Reader and the growth they are seeing in K–2 readers.

May 3, 2022  |  By Elizabeth English
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The Power and Joy of Following the Opinion Writing Units Found in Being a Writer —Part Two

In Part One of this two-part blog series, I discussed the importance of teaching students the Opinion Writing genre and explored the goals of the Being a Writer Opinion…

Mar 24, 2022  |  By Kathy King-Dickman
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The Power and Joy of Following the Opinion Writing Units Found in Being a Writer— Part One

Children love to voice their opinions, and when taught how, will often share them in writing. Some will even share their written viewpoints with very little instruction or…

Mar 3, 2022  |  By Kathy King-Dickman
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Systematic, Explicit Literacy Instruction Aligned with LETRS: The Case for SIPPS

Are you a LETRS-trained educator seeking tools to help you put your powerful learning into practice in your classroom? If so, this blog post by veteran literacy educator…

Feb 15, 2022  |  By Kristy Nelson
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