Monthly Archives: January 2014


[This post is an excerpt from Sarah Tantillo’s forthcoming book, Literacy and the Common Core: Recipes for Action (Jossey-Bass, 2014).  It appeared in slightly different form as a MiddleWeb Guest Article on Jan. 19, 2014.]            … Continue reading

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INDEPENDENT READING: 180 Different Ways to Respond

Recently my friend Barbara Daniels, who is an excellent poet, generously sent along an incredibly helpful list of 180 activities for students to choose from while working on independent reading. Here are the first five: What’s in a Name?   With … Continue reading

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NJ ASK Test Specs UPDATE, 1-15-14

This update is especially for my NJ peeps: I went to a meeting last night where NJ DOE Chief Academic Officer Dr. Tracey Severns presented and found out that the State recently (1-7-14) posted “updated” NJ ASK test specs for … Continue reading

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