Wednesday, June 26, 2013


So... in order to give my legions (ha ha) of readers an opportunity to follow me in another format since Google Reader is disappearing, I've set up an account with Bloglovin. If you follow more than one of my blogs you'll probably see this post again since in order to "claim" my blog I need to create a post. Bear with me... :) I figure giving people options is good, right? :)

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Summer Learning - Post #1 - Teaching with the Common Core Standards - Chapter 1

Just a reminder that our Summer Book Club has started and our first post by Mr. Hughes of An Educator's Life has been posted. Read through the post and leave us your thoughts. Remember - you can participate in this discussion even if you haven't read the book. Our second post will be up next Monday.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Summer learning...

I am very excited to have been asked to participate with a group of wonderful and talented educators in a summer book club. The purpose of this collaboration is to help all of us - and you - to become more familiar with the Common Core State Standards in ELA - English Language Arts. In order to have a common point of reference we are reading Teaching With the Common Core Standards (Grades 3-5). (The picture on Amazon that goes with the link shows the K-2 book, but it is the correct link and information for grades 3-5.)

Click HERE for a link to purchase the book.
I'd like to invite you to join with us in our study and discussion of this book. Each chapter will have a different discussion leader, but all are encouraged to comment and respond. A helpful hint is to follow these wonderful educators and their blogs to keep up to date on our progress this summer. In addition, their blogs are a fabulous resource for anything education related. It's a real brain trust! :)

Mr. Hughes of An Educator's Life and Created by Mr. Hughes has graciously been willing to lead the group and has gotten us up and running. You will be directed from his blog post each week to the corresponding blog and chapter discussion.

Here are the awesome discussion leaders/hosts and the chapters they will be taking the lead on. If you click on the buttons below you will be taken to each of the educator's blogs. Feel free to take a look around.

An Educator's Life
Chapter 1

Teaching to Inspire in 5th
Chapter 2

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Chapter 3

Little Red Schoolhouse
Chapter 4

Teaching to Inspire in 5th
Chapter 5

An Educator's Life
Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Little Red Schoolhouse
Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Out of This World Literacy
Chapter 10

Below is the schedule for the dates of the posts. We will be starting one week from today. Hooray!

If you plan on joining us, please leave a comment so we know who you are. We can't wait for this awesome experience to begin!

Remember, even if you don't get the book we'd still love to have you join our discussions. There are so many excellent ideas and conversations we can have as we all learn together.

Let the learning begin... 

- Ms. D.