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About stfleming

Reader, writer, teacher, thinker and dreamer. Lector, escritor, profesor, pensador y soñador. I teach in the St. Paul Public Schools. Enseño en las escuelas públicas de St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Joy of Books!

The Joy of Books http://www.teachertube.com/embed/video/281691

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Welcome MTSS!

Today the vertical team, the multi-tiered system of support, is visiting our school.  This is a great opportunity to get feedback on what we are doing well and where we need to improve.  Specialists  in areas of literacy, math, behavior, … Continue reading

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Thumb Challenge!

At La Cosecha I learned a new vocabulary-practice strategy: Thumb Challenge! Create a game board for each pair of students.  The example in the picture used two crowns from Burger King (sorry about the glare).  Along each side have the … Continue reading

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Consequence Wheel

Here is a fun, new graphic organizer:  The Consequence Wheel/ Ripple Effect. Put the topic in the middle; Add the consequences in the first ring; Add the details, both positive and negative in the next ring. Use this to help … Continue reading

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Differentiated Writing Instruction

When teaching writing in elementary and middle school, one of the challenges is how to keep moving forward with the different genre studies (narrative, expository and opinion … and don’t forget poetry!) while giving students the differentiated instruction that they … Continue reading

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Biliteracy

I learned of two texts at La Cosecha 2014 that can help us teach for biliteracy.  Biliteracy is one of the three goals of dual language education: students who are bilingual, biliterate and bicultural.  I will add them to my … Continue reading

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Words in Motion

I heard of a new (for me) resource while at La Cosecha 2104: Words in Motion. “Words in Motion is a cognate-based curriculum that introduces academic vocabulary in meaningful contexts and promotes strategies for academic vocabulary acquisition. “The full curriculum … Continue reading

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