Monday, December 5, 2011

We Have a Winner

Holly of Criss Cross Applesauce had comment number 12 and is the winner of the little goodie package!



Holly, send me an email with your info. and I will get your package in the mail.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to attend a conference with Sharon Taberski!  She wrote:


She was an amazing presenter!  She really made me think about how I am teaching comprehension skills.  Her main point was that we spend to much time teachign strategies without really teaching children to comprehend.  She emphasized the importance of modeling and developing oral language in the early grades.  She really took me back to how I taught 5-6 years ago, when I taught more of a balanced literacy approach with lots of shared reading and did not focus so much on worksheets and written response. 

The other point I am taking to heart is that we need to give students time to develop their understanding in content areas as well.  She talked about KWLs and how important it is that we use them, not at the beginning of a unit, but after we have exposed students to content.  Then students will have more deep questions that foster their learning instead of those random-out-of-left-field questions that get us no where.

If you ever get the chance to check out these books or attend a Sharon Taberski presentation, do because she was to the point and extremely knowledgeable!

Lastly,  please share what you do for listening centers with my first Linky Party. I‘d love to hear what others are doing.


  1. No way!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited! :) woo hoo - I never win anything and what a neat thing to win. :) Thank you, thank you!!!!!

    I tried emailing, but my computer won't let me. Here's my email addy:

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  2. Oooh, lucky you. I saw Sharon years ago and she was amazing!
    Take care.

    Grade ONEderful