We are celebrating the one year anniversary of the PAWLP blog, and what a year it’s been! To celebrate our one year “blogiversary,” we’ve collected some posts from this past year that may be particularly useful to teachers as a new school year begins.
So in case you missed them, here are a “baker’s dozen” – thirteen blog posts with some practical tips and inspiration. We hope that you enjoy reading our blog and encourage you to comment, ask questions, and share your own experiences. We would love to hear from you! Read more
by Nora Ziegler
This summer I began to worry about how I needed to change my teaching strategies to help my third grade students meet the challenges of the Common Core, so I did what I always do – I found a book chock full of great ideas I could implement in my classroom. That book was The Core 6: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core by Silver, Dewing, and Perini, published by ASCD in 2012. What a goldmine! As Heidi Hayes- Jacobs says in the forward, this book is actually an edu-toolkit with instructional strategies that should be implemented at all grade levels. Here are briefs on each of the strategies: Read more
by Janice Ewing
Saturday PAWLP days are a mix of interwoven threads. On October 12th, several of us started the day at 9:30 with our iPad study group, facilitated by Judy Jester. This is a group that started meeting last year, with the goal of trying out and sharing our experiences with educational apps. We decided that this year we will each pursue an inquiry of an app that seems useful or interesting and will report back to the group at our next session, on November 9th. Any interested PAWLP folks are welcome. Read more
By Lynne Dorfman
During a recent staff development day that I was conducting, one of the participants asked, “So what you are saying is that we need to force our students to read and write poetry?” Implicit in her question was that she felt many of her students would be resistant and would not choose read or write poetry unless forced. I answered by saying that we need to expect our students to read and write in many genres. We need them to take risks and try to convince our students that the ability to independently read and write poetry and myriad genres is a way to explore the options that are available to them. Rather than to force your students to read and write poems, invite them to grow their capacities as learners and investigate new worlds through the promise of poetry. Read more