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Fact and Opinion

Last week, I was working with one of my students on a rather tricky element of reading comprehension–the difference between fact and opinion.  As my colleagues at the We Are Teachers blog note , this is a skill that goes … Continue reading

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Same and Different

The first week of school is a time for introductions, for community building, to set out our roles and define plans for the year.  Classroom teachers spend hours, chunks at a time, on routines and procedures–this is how you put … Continue reading

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Teachable Moment

A couple posts ago, I referenced Reading Group and the insanely airtight structure thereof.  One thing I left out is that the predictability continues all the way to snacktime.  One white napkin, one baggie for leftovers.  Monday through Thursday, always … Continue reading

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Doctor Clueless Will See You Now (Or, Teaching Kids the Difference Between “Fair” and “Equal”)

Halloween came a little bit early in one part of my school last week.  With a little help from a parent who’s a nurse and a lab coat stolen from kindergarten dress-up, I ran a fourth grade classroom through the … Continue reading

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Lesson 2

Last year, I remember a lot of chatter about a CNN feature on children and racial prejudice–the infamous “doll study” in which children were shown two dolls, identical except for skin color, and asked to indicate and explain their preferences.   … Continue reading

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Lesson 1

I made my “You’re a Real Teacher, Too?” debut today–twenty five minutes with twenty five first graders, delivering an Ability Awareness lesson. Initially, these things were called “Disability Awareness”, which is pretty much the exact opposite message from what we’re … Continue reading

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