Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Reading Reconsidered: A Practical Guide to Rigorous Literacy By Doug Lemov Review

A Practical Guide to Rigorous Literacy Instruction

The question is a big one: How can we teach our students to read, read well, and read on their own? Reading Reconsidered is expert educators Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs, and Erica Woolway’s practical, detailed answer to the question. Grounded in advice from successful classrooms nationwide and with over 40 video clips of outstanding teachers, the book provides clear and actionable guidance to make all teachers reading teachers, one tool at a time. The book addresses the often anxiety-inducing world of Common Core, distilling from it four key ideas that help prepare students to be strong readers both in the classroom and in the world beyond it.

This ‘Core of the Core’ comprises the first half of the book and instructs educators on how to teach students to: read harder texts, ‘closely read’ texts rigorously and intentionally, read nonfiction more effectively, and write more effectively in direct response to texts. The second half of Reading Reconsidered reinforces these principles, coupling them with the ‘fundamentals’ of reading instruction—a host of techniques and subject specific tools to reconsider how teachers approach such essential topics as vocabulary, interactive reading, and student autonomy. By helping teachers to reconsider essential literacy topics, Reading Reconsidered does more than just push teachers and students to log more miles on the page — it teaches them to make those miles count.

About the Authors:

DOUG LEMOV's highly influential best-selling book, Teach Like a Champion, was based on his study of top teachers in high-poverty public schools. He uses what he learned watching great teachers work their magic to train educators as part of his work at Uncommon Schools, the nonprofit school management organization he helped found. Lemov is also the author of Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better, an engaging book on the importance of practice. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College, a Master of Arts from Indiana University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

COLLEEN DRIGGS is a Director of Professional Development for the Teach Like a Champion team at Uncommon Schools. Alongside Erica and Doug, she works to train thousands of high-performing teachers and school leaders across the country each year—reaching over one million students. Driggs is also an adjunct professor for Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principals Academy Fellowship. Before joining the Teach Like a Champion team, she taught middle school science in New York City, middle school science and literacy in New Haven, Connecticut, and middle school literacy in Rochester, New York. In Rochester she served as the Reading Department Chair, coaching literacy teachers and developing curriculum and assessments, at Rochester Prep Middle School. Driggs received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and education from Hamilton College and a Masters in Education from Pace University.

ERICA WOOLWAY is the Chief Academic Officer of the Teach like a Champion Team at Uncommon Schools. In this capacity, she is responsible for leading external workshops, creating training materials for both internal and external use, and for the continuing work on Middle School Reading. Prior to her current role, Woolway was the Director of Staff Development for two Uncommon Networks. She joined Uncommon in 2006 as the Founding Dean of Students at Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant Charter School. Woolway began her career through Teach For America in Lynwood, CA, where she co-chaired the Kindergarten grade level at Agnes Elementary School and was a Regional Finalist for the Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching. She then worked as a school counselor at Orange High School in New Jersey and Hunter College High School in New York City, and also worked with families as a caseworker in Camden, New Jersey. Woolway holds a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University, an Ed.M. in School Counseling from Teachers College, and an M.A. in School Leadership from National Louis University.

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Reading Reconsidered is published by Wiley, Jossey-Bass. It is available from Wiley, Amazon and most major booksellers.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  The book is packed with information so it will take time to go through completely, but everything is easy to understand and it will make a great reference tool for the future.  The book is great for teachers as it will really help out a lot.  I felt a little out of date reading through it and most of the information I had no idea about, but hopefully my mind can soak it all up and retain it.

NKJV, Teen Study Bible By Lawrence O. Richards & Sue W. Richards Review @Zonderkidz


As an on-the-go teen, you’re moving fast. God is moving faster! The New King James Version Teen Study Bible will help you keep in step with all he has done, is doing, and will do in the world and in your life. This Bible will help you discover the eternal truths of God’s Word and apply them to the issues you face today.

Features include:

We Believe: Unpacks the Apostles Creed to reveal the biblical foundation of faith
Panorama: Keeps the big picture of each book of the Bible in view
Key Indexes: Help with in-depth Bible study
To the Point: Reveals what the Bible says about pressing issues
Dear Jordan: Offers biblical advice for teens
Instant Access: Tells what God says to you personally
Q&A: Tests your knowledge of Bible trivia
Bible Promises: Highlights Bible verses worth remembering
Book Introductions: Provides an overview for each book of the Bible
Complete New King James Version (NKJV) Bible Text

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A great study Bible that is easy for teens to understand as well as connect with.  It will help your teen to learn so much more about God and help them to get closer in their faith. This would make a great gift!

Pentel pen and pencils Review @Shoplet

Shoplet is the #1 e-tailer of business and office supplies. They carry an assortment of office supplies, cleaning supplies, medical supplies, office furniture, and everything in between.

Pentel EnerGel Alloy Retractable Gel Pens

Pentel EnerGel Alloy Retractable Gel Pen

EnerGel Alloy Retractable Gel Pen offers a deluxe premium metal barrel and an ideal blend of liquid and gel for the best of both inks.
The stainless steel tip delivers the ultimate writing experience as rich liquid, gel ink glides across paper.
Vivid, acid-free, super-smooth ink dries quickly without smearing or blotting and is great for left-handed writers.

Cassandra's Review-  The pen is easy to grip and I like the style.  It glides with a nice touch and did not splatter ink everywhere. 

Pentel Sharp Mechanical Drafting Pencil

Superior construction meets the rigorous demands of professionals and students alike.
4 mm tip design makes it ideal for use with rulers and templates.

Cassandra's Review- The 3pk is great because each pencil has a diffrent color, but the same style.  They are easy to grip and did not hurt my hand during more detailed art usage.  The tips did not keep breaking off.  


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I recevied complimentary product.

Great gift basket ideas for Mother's Day with Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt Council Home

Great gift baskets ideas for Mother's Day:

For moms who Namaste: 

Fill a basket with a pretty pair of yoga leggings and tank top, a yoga mat, reusable water bottle, Lärabars, and a carton of Epsom salt to ease sore muscles after a tough class.
Include these directions on the card: 

1. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath in a standard-sized bathtub.

2. Soak for at least 12 minutes.

 3. Feel your muscles relax and unwind.

For moms with a green thumb:

 Buy a pair of gardening gloves, a weed puller, shovel, kneeling mat, seeds, and a carton of Epsom salt to help plants grow greener and deliver lush blooms.

Include these directions on the card: 

1. Enrich soil by sprinkling 1 cup of Epsom salt per every 100 square feet of dirt. 

2. Mix well into soil before planting. 3. Enjoy a beautiful, rich garden.

For moms who need a little “me-time”: 

For busy moms, give them a night off with a stack of their favorite magazines, a bottle of wine (or a box of their favorite tea), chocolates, essential oils, and a carton of Epsom salt to help soak the day away.

Include these directions on the card: 

1. Add two cups of Epsom salt to your bathwater in a standard-sized tub.

 2. Soak for at least 12 minutes. 

3. Feel relaxed and sleep like a baby.

Read and learn more about the different uses of Epsom salt here.

I recevied complimentary product.

Having Fun In The Kitchen Over $200 rv in prizes Giveaway

having fun in the kitchen

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