Monthly Archives: June 2013

New TLC page: OPEN-ENDED RESPONSE WRITING!

In response to popular demand, I have added a new page to the TLC Website: Open-ended Response Writing!  No matter what grade or subject you teach, your students will benefit from the tools featured on this page. Check it out! … Continue reading

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THE WIDESPREAD PROBLEM OF INEFFECTIVE LESSON PLANS

Mike Schmoker (author of Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning [ASCD 2011]) recently wrote a piece in EdWeek called “The Lost Art of Teaching Soundly Structured Lessons.”  My reaction?  I couldn’t agree more.  Check it out: http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2013/06/04/fp_schmoker_lessons.html?cmp=ENL-EU-MOSTPOPContinue reading

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MORE TRAJECTORY ANALYSIS CHARTS: Comparing RIT vs. RL Standards

If you haven’t spent much time studying the ELA Common Core Standards, you might consider them daunting (“There are so many!” I’ve heard people say).  But in fact there aren’t that many, and they are logically—even elegantly—organized.  For instance, if … Continue reading

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MORE TRAJECTORY ANALYSIS CHARTS: Reading Literature (RL)

Avid readers of this blog are aware that I have been feverishly creating Trajectory Analysis Charts on the ELA Common Core Standards so that teachers and school leaders can see the progression of standards from grade to grade and use … Continue reading

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SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT: It’s Not Too Late!

If you want your students to engage in summer reading but haven’t finalized the assignment yet, it’s not too late to give them something meaningful and manageable. Whether you’re assigning particular books or giving students a range of choices (or … Continue reading

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TRAJECTORY ANALYSIS CHARTS: Reading Informational Texts (RIT)

Recently I posted a trajectory analysis chart for RIT Standard #1, looking at the progression of that standard from K-12.  In that blog post, I also explained how to analyze the trajectory of a standard and why it is important … Continue reading

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