Out of This World Literacy : December 2012
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My New Year's Resolutions

I have all kinds of goals swirling around in my head for 2013 that I know will likely fade away unless I write them down.  And what better place to write them than on my blog!?  I'm hoping to achieve every last one of them so here goes:

Personal goals:
1. To spend more time with God each day.  I know when I begin my days with just a few minutes of prayer and reading that I have such a better outlook on life.  I want to start each day that way!

2. To grow a garden and learn how to pickle veggies.  My father-in-law is an excellent gardener and eager to teach my husband and me.

3. To spend more time with my own kids.  In 2013, Sophie will be 14, Malaya will be 12, and Greyson will be 10.  Sophie will be starting high school in the fall and I'm freaking out!  Only four more years and I will send her off to college.  I want to get in as much bonding time as possible!

Professional goals:
1. To continue developing my understanding of best practice in reading, writing, and language word study.  I am just finishing a two-year training as a Literacy Collaborative Coordinator at Lesley University in Boston.  I want to read lots of professional resources so that I don't slip behind the latest and greatest in literacy instruction!

2. To continue uploading resources for teachers on my blog.  I want to continue videotaping my class and post a blog at least once a week.

3. To develop more and more units of study for both the reading and writing workshops.  I have so many ideas and so little time.  I want to take the best ideas and develop them into amazing resources for teachers and students.

So that's it...for now:)  Best of luck to all my blogging friends in maintaining your own 2013 resolutions.  Happy New Year!!


I've already been bit by the love bug!

Hello Friends!

Part of my New Year's resolution is to get a bunch of fun, literacy-based Valentine's Day resources posted for teachers.  I spent a lot of time purchasing some awesome clip art and gathering my ideas.  I am super excited about just posting my first resource...a Valentine contraction game!  This is a super cute way to teach students to identify, apply, and notice patterns within contractions.  I love it because it is simple, fun, yet effective. 

I think I am going to be on a Valentine's Day roll so watch out!  If you have any special Valentine's Day themed literacy requests please let me know.  I have some great ideas for writing, reading, and language in the works!

Blessings to all!!  Jen

Merry Christmas!

As I prepare to spend the next two days enjoying time with my family I wanted to take some time to wish my blogging family a very Merry Christmas!  If you are are anything like me, you spend almost every day dedicated to your students and how you can make yourself a stronger teacher for them.  I hope everyone takes a break from their careers to spend the next few days with their families and reflect on the many blessings God has given you. 

As I watch my own children open all their presents with joy on their faces, I will remember and be thankful to God for the best gift ever; when He gave us His son some 2,000 years ago.  He lives in my heart each and every day and that is by far the best gift of all!!  Merry Christmas and God Bless everyone!!!

The Reading and Writing Connection

Hello Friends!

I wanted to update everyone that I just uploaded two new videos that show the connection between the reading and writing workshops.  The topic of both mini lessons in on using inner voice.  During the reading workshop, I ask students to identify areas in the books they are reading where the author used his/her inner voice.  I then asked them to make inferences based on the voice of the author.  In writing, students were asked to review their personal narrative piece and find places that they could add their inner voice. 

We worked on the same strategy (using inner voice) and applied it to both workshops.  Students identified during the reading workshop and applied during the writing workshop.  This transition is so smooth and easy for the students to understand.  Connecting the two workshop with a common teaching point is a great way to help students directly apply their new learning!!! 

Check out the videos on my 'classroom happenings' page!

Happy Teaching!