1. @curtisaleigh

    Learning Project: Literacy Circles #4


    In this last edition of my learning project posts, I will describe how I would set up my literacy circles and have them run.

    First, I would have a list of three or four novels that I would like my students to study. I will give students a slip of …

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    Learning Project: Literacy Circles #3


    In my last post about literacy circles, I discussed a few different types of literacy circles that can be used, the structured type and the book club. For each teacher, it will take quite a bit of time and planning to get literacy circles set up just the right way …

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    Top Ten Picture Books


    As most of you know I do not plan to teach lower elementary grades. In fact, I hope to teach no lower grade than fourth. I just have more of a connection with this age group and I love to see their developing brains making connections for themselves and beginning …

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    Top Ten Books of the Semester


    Ok, so everybody knows that I love Harry Potter. In the words of Demi Lovato, “I’m sorry, I’m not sorry”. My top ten books of the semester may have a heavy J.K. Rowling presence and I refuse to feel any shred of guilt about that. I think the books are …

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    Its Monday! What Are You Reading? Week 16


    This has been another rough week of not feeling well and trying to play catch up on homework and reading. Although this is our final week of IMWAYR posts and class, I truly hope to find time to continue to read from the list that I chose for my challenge …

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    Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery


    After reading the blog post about how to conduct a Mock Caldecott trial, I feel fairly confident that I could accomplish one of these in my own classroom someday. I think one of the most important things I learned was that the rating system must be worded in a way …

  7. @curtisaleigh

    Its Monday! What Are You Reading? Week 15


    Once again, I am several days late on my IMWAYR post. I apologize but it simply could not be avoided. I have lived for nearly 31 out of my 38 years of life with Type 1 Diabetes and sometimes I become ill and can’t do much to put it to …

  8. @curtisaleigh

    Its Monday! What Are You Reading? Week 14


    This past week, I spent as much time reading as possible. I think altogether I read for around 7 hours. I had hoped to have finished at least four books from the Top 100 Children’s Novels list, but I was only able to finish three.

    First, I read From the …

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    Using Skype in the Classroom


    I have personally used Skype for several years now and have seen the evidence of progression in the quality of picture and sound as well as its other features. Most of my experience with Skype has been using it to video chat with family but I have also recently used …

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    Its Monday! What Are You Reading?? Week 13


    This past week (reading wise, anyway) was more like four days because it took me so long the week prior to read the fourth of the Harry Potter series. I don’t currently own the fifth book in the series so at this time, I will not be reading it. I …

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    Read Alouds


    After reading “Building Read-Along Routine in the 3rd Grade” and Katherine Sokolowski’s blog post on read alouds, I had to look back at my own education and try to remember what books we read aloud and whether they had any impact on me as a student. I can remember Huck …

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    WWW Wednesday: Week 5


    Currently Reading: I just started listening to The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo yesterday and hope to finish it by Sunday evening so that I can try to catch up on my reading challenge a little. So far, I am enjoying what I am hearing in this tale about …

  13. @curtisaleigh

    Its Monday! What Are You Reading? Week 12


    So, here it is Thursday evening and I am just now writing my IMWAYR blog post for this week. “Why?”, you may ask. Well, I have spent much of this week preparing to take my Praxis I test and I have good news to report…I passed! This means I can …

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    Diversity in Literature


    Author Brian Pinkney grew up as an African American boy in the 1960’s who loved books as well as art. In his article “Here I am”, he talks about seeing a lack of black children represented in children’s picture books as well as on the cover art of those books. …

  15. @curtisaleigh

    WWW Wednesday: Week 4


    Currently Reading: Yesterday evening I started to dive in to Harry Potter’s 4th year at Hogwart’s with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. After finishing the 3rd book in the series last week, I am excited to get through this one to see if Harry’s relationship …

  16. @curtisaleigh

    Its Monday! What Are You Reading? Week 10


    Wow! Its hard to believe that this is already my tenth week of writing the posts for this meme! Unfortunately, I fell a little behind on my reading challenge this week as I had a ton of homework to get done for other classes. I hope to make up for …

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    Reading Challenge Progress


    This past week I fell slightly behind on my blogs due to being overloaded and overwhelmed by homework for other classes so I am posting this blog several days late, so please forgive me.

    The reading challenge I chose was to read all 100 books on the Top 100 Children’s …

  18. @curtisaleigh

    WWW Wednesday: Week 3


    Currently Reading: I just began on the third book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. I am so engaged in this series that I have to stop and remind myself to take a break or to read something different in between.…

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    Its Monday! What Are You Reading? Week 9


    This week I began by reading the second book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. This book, which is a continuation in the timeline of Harry Potter’s life, focuses on Harry’s second year at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft. Ron …

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    WWW Wednesday: Week 3


    Currently Reading: Today, after finishing a children’s novel I’d been reading for several days, I began reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I have not made much progress yet but am excited to get into this book!


    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling…
  21. @curtisaleigh

    Its Monday! What Are You Reading? Week 8


    I struggled to finish my reading this week as my family was unexpectedly faced with a tragic loss, however, I just finished reading the third novel this week literally an hour ago.

    The first book I read was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. This book is …

  22. @curtisaleigh

    WWW Wednesday: Week 2


    So far I am really enjoying participating in this meme. This past week I probably spent about 6-8 hours reading and I still finished 3 books by Wednesday evening! Since I finished those three books earlier than I had planned I decided to pick up a book to begin reading …

  23. @curtisaleigh

    Its Monday: What Are You Reading? Week 7


    This week I began my reading challenge although I had already read a few of the books on the list that I based my challenge on prior to beginning. I have made lots of progress already and am so excited to work my way through this challenge. I finished the …

  24. @curtisaleigh

    WWW Wednesday: Week 1


    I spent about 5 weeks participating in the Non-fiction Picture Book Challenge and feel like I’m ready to move on to something different, so here I am.

    Currently Reading: I am working on defeating the Top 100 Children’s novels list and have just started reading Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher …

  25. @curtisaleigh

    Its Monday! What Are You Reading?Week 6


    Now that I have set my personal reading goal for the rest of this semester and made a plan to reach my obviously crazy plan for reading 100 children’s novels, I am excited to begin writing some reviews of the books with which I began this challenge.

    Sideways Stories From …

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    Reading Plan for Fall 2017


    This past 5 or 6 weeks, I have read approximately 65 books. Some of them have been picture books and elementary readers and some have been children’s novels or YA nonfiction books. I have kept a very accurate record of my reading on my Goodreads account and I just recently …

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    Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge: Week 5


    This week, I chose books that may not be completely non-fiction but are largely based on true events or people. I felt that these books tell stories that are valuable to young readers. I especially wanted to read the work of one author, Patricia Polacco, who has written many children’s …

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