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Elementary: Technology Centers

Nancye Blair Black presented a fairly basic idea of using centers that many of us have or do practice.  However, she integrates technology.  Her site below offers various resources at upper and lower elementary levels.  It’s well worth looking at, and I’d be happy to answers questions based I what I learned.  

2015 National Teacher of the Year, Shanna Peeples

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American Association of School Librarians National Conference

Last week I attended the American Association of School Librarians National Conference in Hartford, CT.  It was amazing to be surrounded by so many librarians and to have the opportunity to hear some of my favorite authors speak.  While the primary focus of the conference was on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, […]

Leveraging Learning: ipads in Primary Grades

What looks like a game, sounds like a game, feels like a game but isn’t a game? Skoolbo! The creator of this app, who presented at LL2013 in Auburn this week, had me hooked from the get-go. He drew from game theory in designing this adventurous romp through core skills in numeracy and literacy, and […]

Maine Curriculum Leaders Association Fall Conference: Next Generation Science Standards

I recently attended a 2 day fall conference run by the MCLA. The focus was, “Engaging all students with the Next Generation Science Standards.” The conference presenter was Brett Moulding a writer of both the Framework and NGSS standards themselves and referred to by many as the guru on NGSS. He is currently the director […]

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ACTEM 2013

Last Friday I attended the ACTEM Maineducation conference in Augusta.  I look forward to this conference every year and always come away inspired and rejuvenated.  This year the conference felt especially relevant as I eagerly await the arrival of student iPads at the elementary schools. ACTEM organizers always seem to do an amazing job choosing […]

Reading Roundup

On April 11th I was lucky enough to attend Reading Roundup with several of my RSU1 colleagues.  This is one of my favorite conferences because it is all about literacy, librarianship and the relationship between authors/illustrators and their readers. The highlight of the day for me was the keynote by author Kate Messner.  Earlier in […]

Expeditionary Learning National Conference 2013

Expeditionary Learning National Conference 2013 This years EL National Conference had a focused topic of how we can “prepare all students to lead.” I am continually blown away by the high quality work and teaching that is highlighted in Expeditionary Schools. This years conference presented me with further opportunities to enhance my own learning, as […]

Common Core Writing Conference

December 11, 2012 Even though the conference was advertised for K-12, I felt that the content was most helpful to middle and high school teachers. Some key points from my notes: Half of our students will move during their school-age years and the CC will provide more consistency in instruction. Teachers should not be preparing […]

Thoughts on: Help Your Struggling Readers Using Research-based Early Intervention Strategies Conference

Phew!!!  That was quite a conference title!!  The presenter, Sue Brady, broke the conference into five sections: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency.  For each section, she gave several active student friendly  hands-on activities.  I will give you an example of an activity for each section. Walk a Sound was an activity for phonemic awareness.  […]

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