Tag Archives: Education

On the Border

Many people do things that are illegal. Most people speed in their cars; many people drink before their 21st birthday. Some parents will even say that their children are only 11 when they are really 12 so they can pay … Continue reading

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The Basics

I have been volunteering at a wonderful school in Lima, Peru and am reminded of some universal basics in education: Have an objective; Teach to the objective- use a text, activity, … to teach the objective remembering that the text is … Continue reading

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New Header- ¡Biblioburro!

The new picture above is of the Biblioburro.  Have you heard of it?  Do a Google search and you will see/ hear/ read about this amazing project in Colombia.  I believe in the power of books and literacy to change … Continue reading

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Life Lesson

As literacy coach, I mostly work with teachers to improve their instruction of reading and writing.  Now, as the school year ends, I have had the opportunity to return a bit to that which motivated my interest in coaching to … Continue reading

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I know him, I don’t know him

Mr. B walked a kindergarden student to his room where I was working as the guest teacher for the day.  The 6 year old was surprised to see me and not his usual teacher.  Mr. B asked the student, “Do you know … Continue reading

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“Too Much” Corrections

I was co-teaching in a 5th grade writer’s workshop today; we are working on memoirs.  I overheard a student tell the teacher, “I don’t want to work with Mr. Fleming.  He corrects me too much.” That got me wondering, am … Continue reading

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Making Content Accessible

All teachers who have Emerging Bilinguals (a.k.a ESL students) in their classrooms are immersion teachers.  That is, their students are immersed in English when that is not one of the languages the students know. Often I am asked, “How do I … Continue reading

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Capitalism vs. Democracy

Posted at NY Times: S. T. Fleming   Minnesota When I lived in Latin America people would often say, “We are poor because they are rich.” The reference connected the poor of the global south to the rich of the global … Continue reading

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Transition Words in Spanish

When writing realistic fiction (I teaching in 4th grade) there are ways to make your paragraphs flow more smoothly from one to the next.  One way is to use transition words.  I found and added to a list of transition … Continue reading

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Reader’s Workshop Work Time

I have been working with a group of teachers to create a rubric for the reader’s workshop work time.  We are looking at the possibilities of ramping up our practice.  See what you think: Reader’s Workshop Work Time Rubric

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