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Managing Tim Shanahan

They creep into our classrooms . . . Timothy Shanahan, Lucy Calkins, Richard Allington, Fountas and Pinnell. They provide guidance, inspiration, tools, insights, research. They offer their expertise so that we can inspire and instruct our student while armed with the very best research-based practices. But they don’t always agree with each other. They don’t…
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Building Community – One Book at a Time!

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero This Friday, Link is kicking off the newly formed Slavic Village Parent Book Club, and I’m excited! Of all the parent programs Link offers, Book Clubs are my personal favorite. I love to read and I love to talk about…
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Notes…On Text Complexity, Learning to Read and Balanced Literacy

For whatever reason, we in education like to create problems where none need to exist. We debated phonics vs. whole language, student-centered learning vs. teacher-directed instruction, and now it’s complex text vs. just right books. In all of these cases, the answer is balance, not one or the other. But exploring these arguments can serve…
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Braving the Risks

“I’m not doing it right.” “I don’t want to get in trouble.” “Can you put that in writing?” These are just a few of the phrases I hear from teachers each week when I work with them at their schools, providing support as they implement a new strategy in their classrooms. They want to try…
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