Monday, June 11, 2012

Post for the week of June 11, 2012

End of the Year Clean Up

At the end of the year, it's important to clean your room in a way that when you return at the end of August, you'll have some sense of organization (and not sheer panic in rushing to get ready for the first day of school)!

I had my students complete posters occasionally.  I always wanted to keep them but never had the space.  Last year, I started making videos of them.  With a flip camera (or your could use a regular video-recording camera), I'd pan down the poster and give a little talk about why the poster was a good example.  Now I have all of these "posters" as video files!  It makes it so easy to show students models and keep my closet clutter-free.  You could do the same with dioramas or other three-dimensional classroom projects.

It's also a good time of year to take English Department inventory.  Make a list of the texts your school currently has.  I bet there's something in the book closet you forgot your school owned! 

It's also a good time to check the lexile levels of the books in your curriculum (http://lexile.com/).  Check to see if your books are at the levels suggested by the CCSS (http://lexile.com/using-lexile/lexile-measures-and-the-ccssi/text-complexity-grade-bands-and-lexile-ranges/).  Once you know the lexile levels of your texts, you can have a discussion with your district about the grades in which the text is currently taught and where it might otherwise go.  You could also start to make recommendations for new informational texts your school might need.

Save the Dates!

The annual NEATE conference in the fall is on November 2 and 3 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.  The annual NCTE conference is November 15 to 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The annual MRA conference is April 4 and 5, 2013 in Quincy, Massachusetts. 

Please feel free to let me know of other important literacy dates at aldick@doe.mass.edu.  Thanks!

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