Friday Book Favorites – Poems as Books

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou wasn’t afraid of things that life put in front of her. Paired with Jean-Michel Basquait’s unique, bold illustrations, in this poem fear is defeated by courage and confidence.


All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

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A Caldecott Honor winner, this lyrical, rhyming poem conveys the wonders of our world. From sunny beach days to rainy nights by a fire, moments of joy, compassion, and love are shared among family and friends. Marla Frazee’s illustrations invite you to pore over each page and discover details that illuminate the meaning of the poem. “Hope and peace and love and trust; All the world is all of us.”


Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood

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A rhythmic poem depicting a child’s perspective on his family’s move from a beloved home. Moving day is filled with big, complicated emotions, but comfort is found when the move is finally over and new friendships and adventures are discovered.

Important Spring 2015 Dates

April 28 – Registration begins for Summer and Fall for continuing students

May 7 or 8 – Last Day of internship
May 12 – Last Day of Classes
May 18 – Teachers College graduation
May 19 – Registration for new students
May 20 – Columbia University graduation
May 21 – Summer A begins
July 7 – Summer B begins
If you are participating in Commencement 2015 (and if eligible, please do!), don’t forget to ….
Both ceremonies are wonderful.  The TC one in the Cathedral of St John the Divine is solemn and sophisticated, fitting pomp and circumstance for your accomplishment; Wednesday’s outdoor event with ALL of Columbia University and affiliated schools is a wow event,  festive and energetic.
Click here for more information about TC graduation.
Click here for more information about Columbia graduation.

Tech Tip #3 : This Will Change Your Life

Do you confer with readers and writers? Do you write reminders on post-its for your students after conferring with them? Do you ever use post-its on charts?  What about for vocabulary, student responses, or brainstorming ideas?  Do you ever wish you could print onto a post-it?

Good news! Printing on post-its is way easier than you might think.

Download this template: Click Here.

Here are the steps:

1) Find the template page that matches the size of your post-it and print it out.

2) On the printed template, place the post-its you would like to print on over each square.

3) Type the information you would like printed on the post-it in each box on the page you are using.

4) Place the template page with the post-its into your printer and print!  *Be sure that the sticky part of the post-it goes in to your print first to avoid paper jams!

Goodreads Quote

I look forward to the daily Goodreads quotation.  Here’s yesterday’s and a fun fact to go with it:  

“The only way to do all the things you’d like to do is to read”  –   Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy (born April 12, 1947) dreamed of joining the military in his youth, but his poor eyesight prevented him. Undeterred, he channeled his passion into his books. After finding success with best-sellers like The Hunt for Red October, he bought himself a tank.

Writing Toolkits – Great for Conferring!

Guest post by Nicole and Noelle — thank you!

Conferring with writers in ways that are powerful and personal is truly a challenge. It is such a tall order to teach in ways that guide our children to achieve high standards, yet also meet them where they are and provide them with the individualized attention they need right now.

If you’re like us, conferring with writers might be the most difficult part of teaching! You wonder what to teach, where those notes you took ended up, or where that great mentor text is buried! Conferring seems to come naturally for many teachers, but not for us! We realized we needed some help getting ourselves organized. So when we heard about toolkits, we were excited to create our own. Since then, we’ve been using our toolkits EVERY SINGLE DAY in our classrooms! They keep us organized and efficient as we confer. Above all, they have made a tremendous difference in the impact of our teaching.

So, what is a toolkit anyway? It’s really nothing fancy or extraordinarily different from the tools that you’re already using with your students. In fact, a toolkit is really just a collection of tools that you’re probably already using in your classroom every day. What makes a toolkit really valuable is that all of your teaching tools are together in one place to help you meet the needs of your students as you confer and work with small groups. When all your tools are in one place, it’s easy to bring them along with you as you pull your chair up beside a child.

Okay, so you’re probably wondering how you can get your hands on one of these amazing toolkits! Well, the truth is you’re going to have to make it yourself. But the good news is that we can help you get started! Below we’ve shown some ideas and examples of what we’ve included in our toolkits. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but these are the tools that we’ve have found helpful as we confer with the writers in our classrooms. What you include ultimately depends on your preferences and your students’ needs. For instance, we use a three ring binder for our toolkits, but you may find another method that works better for you. In any case, we hope these resources will inspire you to get started on creating your own toolkits!

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Tweeted During the Saturday Reunion

Just a sampling of tweets from the March 28 Saturday Reunion….what a collegial, enlightening, and inspiring day!

We cried with , we laughed with , and we reminded ourselves why we love what we do!  -@ReadingTeachNC

 Children have to actually read to get better at reading. It’s the heart of reading workshop!  –@ShanerSchool

Writing to learn is a journey of thought. Use writing about reading to get kids thinking. Lucy Calkins@TCRWP  –@CherylCuddihy

gives his students business cards the 4th time they publish writing- Student Name – Writer. Love this!  –@BrightLoop

“I want students to write about what they care about” honor their work & Ss choice   -@paulemcneil

Carl Anderson – in writing, focus precedes detail  – @szymteach

reminds us it’s our job to figure out/analyze why it’s hard for our writers, bc they can’t do that for themselves.  -@sara_veltri00

Running records are gold. Tells exactly what a reader needs. Take them out of folders. Use them to guide teaching

So many great nuggets, my mind is on fire!  –@MacdonaldJaimie
Let kids get to the end of the sentence before you say anything – LET THEM SELF CORRECT AND SHOW YOU WHAT THEY KNOW!  –@kkl024

Hard work is a gift, a gift that makes you happier and allows you to grow. What makes people happy is hard work.  –@KHammondMignoli

When we talk to kids about informational text – let them know they are getting ready to “catch”info. “catchers”stance  –@kemeigh

Telling is not teaching. Brilliant inquiry based thinking with Kathleen Tolan Coach then lift the level! –@sinal_jenn

The hallways of are wall to wall teachers! Ready to learn ready to share! Thank you!! -@mayread3

See more at https://twitter.com/tcrwp