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Confession of a Reading Teacher

posted Jun 3, 2013, 6:52 PM by Christine Brower-Cohen

June 3, 2013
 
Like every other reading/ELA teacher, I am constantly admonishing my students to "Read all titles and directions before beginning any assignment."  Imagine my humiliation this past Saturday, when I was starting a brand new piece of piano music, and I jumped right into playing the music, without reading the little notation on the top of the page to be aware of right hand positions.  Can you say "hypocrite," boys and girls?
I share this story as a caution that even so-called "good readers" need to be reminded of good reading habits and strategies.  (And they need to be reminded throughout the year, even in June--possibly, especially in June when the stress of exams is weighing heavily on their minds.)  
 
Happy reading,
Christine
ChristineBrower-Cohen
ccohen(at)wbschools(dot)org
 
 

Friday Film Clip - "Sickest Testing Story"

posted May 31, 2013, 4:31 AM by Christine Brower-Cohen

May 30, 2013
 
This year, my students have endured six days of state testing, six days of STAR Renaissance testing, two days of final exams, with many more days of final exams still to come in both academic and special area classes.  In the midst of all this testing, today's Friday film clip features a story that the blogosphere has dubbed, "the sickest testing story."  You won't believe it. (Unless you work in education, in which case you might believe it.)
 

YouTube Video

 
Happy reading,
Christine
Christine Brower-Cohen
ccohen(at) wbschools(dot)org

Book Expo America

posted May 30, 2013, 2:35 AM by Christine Brower-Cohen

May 30, 2013
 
Book Expo America, the largest book conference in North America, runs from today thru Saturday at the Javits Center in New York.  Visit the site to see which authors, editors and agents will be speaking this year, get schedule and ticket information, and even view videos.
 
Happy reading,
Christine
Christine Brower-Cohen
ccohen(at)wbschools(dot)org

Education Writing Jobs

posted May 29, 2013, 7:24 AM by Christine Brower-Cohen

May 29, 2013
 
Here is a link to recent education- writing job postings.  Good luck!
 
Happy reading and writing,
Christine
Christine Brower-Cohen
ccohen(at)wbschools(dot)org

National S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G BEE

posted May 28, 2013, 4:15 AM by Christine Brower-Cohen

 
May 28, 2013
 
The Scripps National Spelling Bee opens today and runs through May 30, 2013.  Click here for info on this year's spellers, or for info about how to compete in the future.
 
Happy reading,
Christine
Christine Brower-Cohen
ccohen(at)wbschools(dot)org

Friday Film Clip - Why Students Don't Read What Is Assigned in Class

posted May 24, 2013, 1:38 PM by Christine Brower-Cohen

 
May 24, 2013
 
At about this point every year, I really start reflecting on what lessons, strategies and practices I'm going to keep for next year, what I'm going to tweak, and what I'm dumping altogether.  The number one thing that I am always sure I want to keep, is my focus on independent reading.  It is a ton of work for me to keep track of each student's independent reading.  It is hugely time consuming to confer with individual students every week, to assign personal learning goals and record data from the individual reading conferences, and yet, it is the one thing I am most proud of in my classroom.  Here is a video validating my beliefs in meeting readers at their individual level and valuing student choice in reading.   Enjoy!
 

YouTube Video

 
Happy reading,
Christine
Christine Brower-Cohen
ccohen(at)wbschools(dot)org
 

Rollstone Foundation Gala

posted May 23, 2013, 5:15 PM by Christine Brower-Cohen

May 23, 2013
 
Last night I had the privilege and the pleasure of attending the Rollstone Foundation Gala, where my friends, John and Dawn were honored as adoptive parents of the year.  If you don't know anything about this organization, they facilitate the adoption of special-needs children from impoverished countries.  My friends John and Dawn, whom I've previously written about  on this blog, are in the process of adopting their sixth child, their second from Ethiopia.  Through their research and experiences, I have learned of the terrible hardships orphans face in Ethiopia.  For many of these children, their only chance of survival is to be adopted by loving families.  The Rollstone Foundation provides much needed grants to families willing to open their hearts and homes to the most needy children in the world.  If you would consider opening your home to one of these children, or even making a donation to the foundation, visit their website
 
Happy reading,
Christine
Christine Brower-Cohen
ccohen(at)wbschools(dot)org

Educational Publishing News

posted May 20, 2013, 3:12 PM by Christine Brower-Cohen

May 20, 2013
 
Publishers Weekly  announced today the merger of the school division of the Association of American Publishers with the Association of Educational Publishers .  This move unites two of the largest organizations that deal with k-12 publishing.  Read the full story here.
 
 
Happy reading,
Christine
Christine Brower-Cohen
ccohen(at)wbschools(dot)org
 
 
 
 
 

Strategy Saturday - Part 2: When Strategies are Misused

posted May 18, 2013, 5:19 AM by Christine Brower-Cohen

May 18, 2013
 
Shari Frost wrote a very interesting piece on the misuse of strategies.  Read it here.
 
Happy reading,
Christine
Christine Brower-Cohen
ccohen(at)wbschools(dot)org
 
 

Friday Film Clip - Improve Your Writing

posted May 17, 2013, 5:37 PM by Christine Brower-Cohen

May 17, 2013
 
Here is a cute clip on anti-social behavior that can help improve your writing.
 

YouTube Video

 
Happy writing,
Christine
Christine Brower-Cohen
ccohen(at)wbschools(dot)org

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