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Get Kids Hooked on a Great Series at Open eBooks
Open eBooks
Get Kids Hooked on a Great Series at Open eBooks
March 13, 2016 0
The very best way to get students reading a lot is to find a series they enjoy. However, finding that series is oftentimes tricky and requires trial and error. Open eBooks has made this process much cheaper by offering the first book in a number of best-selling series. Now you can see if your students […]
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Goblins, Faeries and Brownies Invade Open eBooks!
Open eBooks
Goblins, Faeries and Brownies Invade Open eBooks!
March 9, 2016 0
The kids in our 7th grade classroom love fantasy. They enjoy being immersed in new worlds where odd and magical things happen. As a teacher, I love fantasy because the books are usually part of a series. Get a kid hooked on a series and you’ve planned out the next month or two of their […]
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Strong Girls Take Over Open eBooks!
Open eBooks
Strong Girls Take Over Open eBooks!
March 5, 2016 0
LITERACY NERD ALERT: After setting up our Open eBook accounts, we spent the past several days browsing through its catalogue of books. At first, we thought there were hundreds of books, but we soon realized there were thousands upon thousands. This is very exciting, but it can be overwhelming to an untrained eye or to a student. […]
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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 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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Our Team
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Our Team
February 13, 2016 0
 Matt Stephens, Co-Founder  Matt has taught 7th and 8th grade for 11 combined years, the last 6 of which have been at E.L. Haynes Public Charter Middle School in Washington, DC. He’s grown a lot since his days as a Teach For America Corps Member at Hollenbeck Middle School in Los Angeles. Through years of […]
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Our Vision & Services
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Our Vision & Services
February 12, 2016 0
We believe that all teachers care about their students and want to see them succeed. But how do you channel that passion and define success? We can help you develop the right structures, curricula, resources, and assessments that make good teachers great and will lead your students to success. We have many years of combined […]
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A Simple Strategy to Defeat the PARCC
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A Simple Strategy to Defeat the PARCC
February 9, 2016 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 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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The Princess Diaries Comprehension Notebook Now Available
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The Princess Diaries Comprehension Notebook Now Available
January 31, 2016 0
Rob and I have posted a Comprehension Notebook for The Princess Diaries on TeachersPayTeachers.com for $.99. It has a kid-facing notebook of questions that ask plot, perspective and secondary character questions. I’ve used it as a: comprehension check book club guide assessment starting point for guided reading   It also has an answer key that […]
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Writing is Like Buying a “Fixer-Upper”
Writing
Writing is Like Buying a “Fixer-Upper”
January 25, 2016 0
Imagine you’ve bought a new house, but it’s a “fixer-upper.” The plumbing is ancient, the back stairs are deadly and the paint is peeling. You’ve got a plan to make this work, though: First, replace those stairs. Then, address the plumbing. Maybe two months later you’ll paint the first floor a delicious color called “mocha […]
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