Sunday, April 1, 2012


Upcoming Professional Development

April 10th: REWARDS Grades 4-12 intervention

 Ingham ISD 4:00-7:00

REWARDS® is an intense, short-duration intervention program that uses teacher-directed instruction, requires minimal teacher training, and aligns with components of scientifically based reading research. Register here

April 12th Six Minute Solution 4:00-7:00- Ingham ISD 

In same-level pairs, students do repeated readings of one-minute nonfiction passages as their partners note the number of words read correctly-an effective peer-monitoring and feedback system that keeps students motivated and on task. The Six-Minute Solution builds studentÅ› reading fluency-essential for text comprehension-and is a valuable complement to any reading curriculum or as an intervention program. Register here.

April 20th:  Fusion Reading (Intervention)- Grades 6-12  Ingham ISD 1:30-3:30
This is an intervention program with explicit instruction and age appropriate leveled text to effectively teach reading skills and strategies to engage students.   Read more about it and register here

April 23rd:  PALS Kindergarten (8:00-11:00)  Ingham ISD
Peer Assisted Literacy Strategies (PALS) ensures students get a strong foundation in early reading skills. Read more and register here.
and PALS First Grade (12:00-3:00)  Read more and register here

May 1st: Centers and Stations  4:15-5:30  Room 115 MMS  (Wegenke, Person, and Yip)
Learn the management and organization of centers, creating student independence, and participate in a rotation of centers on fluency, vocabulary and word work. Participants will leave with center ideas and some materials.  Please register here.

K-12 Literacy Resources 

Free Rice is a site with an English vocabulary game. For each answer you get right, you get a harder word and if you get one wrong, you get an easier word. The best part is that each time you get a word correct, the site donates rice to the world's hungry.
 It is motivating with the differentiation for skill level and the result for correct answers. You can even customize the words by subject area! If you consider using it in the classroom, check out this additional commentary from a teacher about the site.

Comic Creator  invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on). The organizers focus on the key elements of comic strips by allowing students to choose backgrounds, characters, and props, as well as to compose related dialogue. This versatile tool can be used by students from kindergarten through high school, for purposes ranging from learning to write dialogue to an in-depth study of a formerly neglected genre. After completing their comic, students have the ability to print out and illustrate their final versions for feedback and assessment.

Dane Allred decided to read hundreds of short stories, sonnets, and poems out loud and record them. So, he is posting them here for your use! Enjoy!