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Rob Fleisher

How to Weave CommonLit Articles into a Novel Unit
CommonLit
How to Weave CommonLit Articles into a Novel Unit
September 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm 0
This article has been republished from www.CommonLit.org, a non-profit literacy website that has hundreds of CCSS-aligned lessons for teachers.   The Common Core demands a lot of teachers and students. On the organization’s website, www.corestandards.org, their team says: “college and career readiness overwhelmingly focuses on complex texts outside of literature.” the standards were built to […]
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Thank-you, Mr. O’Neill
Inside Scoop
Thank-you, Mr. O’Neill
May 1, 2016 at 10:22 pm 0
Tomorrow is the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week and I thought it would be a great opportunity to reflect on one of the greatest teachers I have ever had, Mr. O’Neill my tenth grade Latin teacher at Midwood High School.  Admittedly, as a high school student I was a lazy kid who cared more […]
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Growing Readers DC featured on Slate!
Open eBooks
Growing Readers DC featured on Slate!
March 28, 2016 at 1:23 pm 0
It’s been a very exciting week for the team at Growing Readers DC. It was truly a shock and an honor to have our work highlighted on Slate and on the White House’s blog. Matt and I have continued to use Open eBooks with our students and they’re still loving it! I’ll let the kiddos speak for […]
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How to Use Open eBooks with Your Students
Open eBooks
How to Use Open eBooks with Your Students
February 27, 2016 at 11:19 pm 0
If you teach literacy, you’ve probably heard the big news from the Obama Administration about the Open eBooks App that is meant to provide free ebooks to students with disabilities, students at Title I schools, and students at schools run by the Department of Defense. I have had the chance to download and utilize the app and […]
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A Simple Strategy to Defeat the PARCC
Strategy
A Simple Strategy to Defeat the PARCC
February 9, 2016 at 3:21 am 0
Throughout our careers, Matt and I have tinkered with many annotation or note-taking strategies. We have found some strategies to be overwhelming, and some to have marginal utility. After a lot of collaboration with our trusted colleagues and experimentation in the classroom, we think we have found an annotation strategy that is easy to remember, easy to […]
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“Wonder” Comprehension Notebook Now Available!
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“Wonder” Comprehension Notebook Now Available!
February 3, 2016 at 1:16 am 0
Experienced reading teachers know that a compelling and expertly-crafted book can make teaching Literacy a thrilling experience. Students become engaged, are quick to debate one another, write passionately, and even see the world in new ways. In my years of teaching, books like Number the Stars and The Skin I’m In have been able to meet this mark. […]
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Assistive Technology
Choosing Only the Most “Sponge-worthy” Audiobooks
January 23, 2016 at 7:40 pm 0
In my last post, I explained the most important thing about using Audible with your students: you can log into your audio library from an unlimited number of devices at the same time. In other words, if you buy one copy of the Hunger Games audiobook (about 10 dollars), multiple kids can listen to that book simultaneously from multiple devices, such as smartphones, tablets […]
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Audible’s Big Secret! Shhhh!
Assistive Technology
Audible’s Big Secret! Shhhh!
January 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm 0
If you’ve had the chance to use Bluford audiobooks, or Read & Write for Google, you’ve probably seen how powerful text-to-speech Assistive Technology can be –especially for students with decoding disabilities or ADHD. A variation of this technology – audiobooks from Audible – can be used to help students access the whole-class text you’re likely […]
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Assistive Technology
Awesome AT Tools: Read & Write for Google
January 12, 2016 at 3:21 am 0
In my last post, I shared one of my favorite free Assistive Technology tools that I use with my students all of the time. In this post, I’m going to show you how to use Read & Write for Google, another amazing tool that is literally extremely easy to use and free (though a premium version does exist).   […]
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Assistive Technology
Awesome AT Tools: Bluford Audiobooks
January 11, 2016 at 1:22 am 0
If you teach reading in Washington D.C. (or pretty much anywhere), you probably already know all about the Bluford High Series. This series of 21 books on Level S/T are insanely popular. The protagonists in these stories are all African-American or Latino teenagers, who struggle with different problems such as bullying, poverty, teenage pregnancy and […]
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