The Team That Reads Together

Tweet This year, both the ISB21 team and the Learning Coaches team have decided to do something different with our team meeting time. Sure, we’ll still handle nuts and bolts, work on our team goals, and collaborate to move our school forward, but we’ve also added something new: a book club. At the end of…

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On the Shelf

Tweet Living overseas in non-English speaking countries, I tend to stock up on books whenever I’m back in the US. Usually I start my Amazon order as soon as the school year starts (August/September), adding books for months, before I finally purchase sometime in May, scheduled to arrive at my parents’ house just in time…

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Blogging is Elementary!

Tweet When I arrived at ISB last year, one of the first major projects I started with two of our wonderful grade 5 teachers was student blogging (um, and did I mention that we started blogging at the same time as participating in Chris Craft’s Life ‘Round Here digital storytelling project?). I had come from…

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What is Literacy?

Tweet Two recent articles in the New York Times have brought this question to the forefront of my mind this week. The first: Teenagers’ Internet Socializing Not a Bad Thing by Tamar Lewin: “…their participation is giving them the technological skills and literacy they need to succeed in the contemporary world. They’re learning how to…

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Making Meaningful Connections

Tweet Over the past two and a half years I’ve been focusing on helping teachers make connections with other classes around the world. For the most part, our collaborations have been about general topics – book reports, water, persuasive writing, enhancing oral language, things that almost any classroom teacher would be able to connect with,…

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