Monthly Archives: March 2012

Re-Think Your Pre-Reading Strategies

Tim Shanahan names five pre-reading strategies that do not work . . .  and discusses how they can be made better. Visit his blog at http://www.shanahanonliteracy.com/ for further comment on this issue. Five Pre-Reading Strategies Advertisements

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A Retired Teacher’s Great Ideas

Check out this link for great ideas on teaching grammar, a dictionary of symbols, and writing techniques. The literature links are not as useful, but it’s a dynamic site, so keep checking! http://mrssperry.com  

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Need some new ideas? Here are 103!

Some new, some old – all good. http://www.englishcompanion.com/assignments/reading/103readingactivities.htm

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International Reading Association lesson ideas

International Reading Association: Read/Write/Think This link shows a new way of brainstorming.  The whole website has ideas for K-12. http://www.readwritethink.org/professional-development/strategy-guides/brainstorming-reviewing-using-carousel-30630.html

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Great Young Adult Fiction

Two new novel series I have just finished four very good young adult fiction novels. The first two are part of the Infernal Devices trilogy, Clockwork Angel (2010) and Clockwork Prince(2011), by Cassandra Clare, author of the extremely popular City of … Continue reading

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Paul Hamilton’s Cross Currents PP on iPad apps . . . and other fascinating connections

Free and inexpensive iPad and web-based apps Paul Hamilton wowed his audience at the 2012 Cross Currents Special Education Conference.  See below for his presentation which will offer you more web-based applications than you can ever use. http://ctg10.pbworks.com/w/page/29475451/FrontPage

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Intelligence is not Fixed . . . and other intriguing topics

Great website from Scotland – have a look at these videos, then go to the Home page. http://www.journeytoexcellence.org.uk/videos/expertspeakers/wholebrainthinkersbrianboyd.asp Pamela Hansen Secondary LD/Literacy Consultant Vancouver School Board (

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