Category Archives: Literacy

“Teaching reading IS rocket science.”

I love this quote. I picked it up from a colleague and friend who taught reading for her entire career as a reading specialist and classroom teacher. I taught reading for 17 years as a third and fourth grade classroom teacher. … Continue reading

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Science Is Everywhere

I am a science teacher. I taught science exclusively for 21 years—from 1990 to 2011. Each September, I introduced a new crop of students to my classroom, my curriculum, the practice of cooperative team learning, and my focus on science … Continue reading

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Primum non nocere,…

Maybe every profession should have an expressed, noteworthy, and well-known tenet–words to live by. Check out this blog post by Donnalyn Miller, a 6th grade language arts teacher from Texas, who is known as The Book Whisperer, due to her … Continue reading

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Words Matter

I love blogs. I stumble onto new and fabulous thinkers and writers and provocateurs every time I check out somebody else’s blog and their links to other blogs. I love words. I appreciate careful explanations, clear descriptions, and nuanced ideas. What … Continue reading

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Trumping Childhood Poverty (Part 1)

I never watch morning TV. If I did, I would never get to work on time. I can become completely mesmerized by TV, and lose track of time–my mother called it that “slack-jawed” effect. So, I never do anything more … Continue reading

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You can enhance reading and math instruction and learning by engaging kids in science.

That’s right. It has been done. It has a proven track record. This concept has been taught by reading and science faculty at the University of Delaware (I know this to be true because I took their Science and Literacy … Continue reading

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Whatever Became of Elementary Science?

Starting in the winter of 1996, the Delaware Department of Education and curriculum leaders from seven school districts initiated several professional development opportunities arranged to show elementary school teachers—in grades K-6–a new, different, and greatly improved science curriculum. I remember … Continue reading

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