Day: July 7, 2014

We had a pod meeting today.

Today we met as a pod to go over policies and procedures. We have some great things planned for this year. I am really excited, but also a little nervous to be taking over literacy. I think Mrs. Cooke does a fantastic job and I am a little sad that her schedule won’t work out this year. We are bringing back S.O.S coupons and we came up with a few new ideas to help students be more successful. We are introducing a new homework program, and increasing the amount of reading requirements. We are one week away from the first day of...

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Common Core Short Stories: The Possibility of Evil by Shirley Jackson

The Possibility of Evil! by Shirley Jackson Word Count 4093   Miss Strangeworth is a familiar fixture in a small town where everyone knows everyone else. Little do the townsfolk suspect, though, that the dignified old woman leads another, secret life… Miss Adela Strangeworth came daintily along Main Street on her way to the grocery. The sun was shining, the air was fresh and clear after the night’s heavy rain, and everything in Miss Strangeworth’s little town looked washed and bright. Miss Strangeworth took deep breaths and thought that there was nothing in the world like a fragrant summer...

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Top Eleven Reasons to Read

At this time of year students are looking for their backpacks, getting new school clothes, purchasing school supplies, and dusting of their brains. I enjoy summer as much as anyone, but have begun to notice the lack of reading that students do over the summer. Even in my own home, where we try to read every night to our children, summer rears its ugly head. I know that there is a small group of ravenous readers who read all the time. I just wanted to share some quick thoughts on reading and its life long importance. 1. Reading is fundamental to function in today’s society. 2. Reading is a vital skill in finding a good job. 3. Reading is important because it develops the mind. 4. Why is reading important? It is how we discover new things. 5. Reading develops the imagination. 6. In line with the above, reading develops the creative side of people. 7. Reading is fundamental in developing a good self image. 8.Good reading skills, especially in a phonics reading program, improve spelling. 9. Reading improves writing skills. 10. Reading creates thinkers, and thinkers change the world. 11. 11. Finally, why is reading important? Reading is important because words – spoken and written – are the building blocks of life. (from...

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