Monthly Archives: January 2014

Vocabulary and Complex Texts

Dr. Freddy Hiebert, in a video webinar posted here, explains the importance of vocabulary in determining the complexity of text. Hiebert notes that ten percent of the words in text are considered complex with text, used to inform, having a … Continue reading

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Blue Friday, A Focus on Writing

Implementation Specialists, site coaches, and personnel from district departments gathered to review content that will be shared with elementary schools on February 5th. The focus for the 5th is on writing with professional learning around Dr. Louisa Moats, the writing … Continue reading

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Writing and the Common Core: Samples & Techniques

The 3rd through 6th grade teachers at Alyce Taylor Elementary got a preview of the content to be shared at the January 17th Blue Friday, the Administrative and Supervisory meeting on January 24th and the Pink Wednesday on February 5th. … Continue reading

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Scaffolded Writing Lessons

This blog, along with the district, have been on quasi-hiatus during the winter break. We’re back to work and we’ll be focusing on writing and Core Action 2, from the Instructional Practice Guides, over the next couple of months. To … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial for the Basal Alignment Project

Teresa Hammond and Amanda Flora, from the West Virginia Department of Education, have produced a video describing how teachers can access the Basal Alignment Project resources. Additionally, the video outlines the different elements of a BAP including the front matter, … Continue reading

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