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Great read from @EducationWeek: A Flawed Approach to Reading in the Common-Core Standards

As I strive to be positive about the Common Core, I realize that I must also be realistic.

I will always do what is best for students, so articles about the Common Core fall into the “Must Read” category for me!

Making the shift from only reading for enjoyment to academic reading has to happen, but I would never want to dampen a child’s love of reading for pleasure! Joanne Yatvin shares the same concerns in her EdWeek post. The idea that anything outside of the Common Core should be completely eliminated just doesn’t sit right with me. There are also specific guidelines/approaches for teaching that don’t appear to include all of the research and best practices.  That worries me, too.

Another huge concern of mine-spending (already drastically limited) funds on shiny new “Common Core Approved” packaged literature-is also addressed by Yatvin. I have never found an entire program that met the needs of all of my students or one that matched my teaching style. That is, after all, the main reason why I can justify being a master hoarder. There isn’t one awesome think, book, lesson, technology, or gimmick that is going to fit everyone! And I thought we were moving away from that!

Read the article here:

I’d love to hear what you think!


Looking for a few good WRITING CONTESTS!


I have amazing authors in my classes. And poets. And comic makers. And artists. And all around awesome kids.

The world doesn’t always stop to recognize them.  That’s a shame!

I am looking for some cool contests that my students can enter.

Below are the contests that I know about:

Promising Young Writers:

New to me–Barron Prize:

I am the chair of the Leslie Walker Memorial Essay Contest (Georgia only):

I also subscribe to this awesome Writing Kid mailing list:

I love River of Words:

What am I missing or forgetting about?

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