GE January Newsletter

Tricia McCarthy, Literacy Coach, ESC Region 13

HELLO!

Hello Fabulous GE Teachers,


Welcome to the first edition of my monthly Instructional Coaching newsletter. I will be highlighting best practices, sharing effective strategies for increasing literacy achievement, and celebrating/sharing your success stories! In addition, you will find a list of my monthly camps visit dates.

5 Easy Steps to Rockin' Word Walls

Word walls can be a great teaching and learning tool. More than just a display of words, word walls should be integrated into instruction. Used effectively, they will support and extend word learning for all students. Listed below are 5 easy steps to creating and implementing effective word walls.


1. Create word walls with students.

2. Display them your way.

3. Change up your word walls.

4. Add real images/objects to accompany words.

5. Review and play games


Visit Dr. Kimberly's Literacy Blog for more details and great word wall ideas!

http://www.learningunlimitedllc.com/2013/07/5-steps-word-walls/

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WRITE FOR TEXAS "SMORE"

Visit the Write for Texas Smore for some excellent ideas and strategies to increase writing achievement. Topics in this month's newsletter include:


  • The Empty Page Syndrome
  • Building Academic Vocabulary Through Flashcardlet
  • Explicitly Teaching Organization and Thinking When Building a Paragraph

Teach kids to critique each others' work!

Great discussion in a 3 minute video!

PLEASE SHARE YOUR SUCCESSES AND CELEBRATIONS WITH ME!

Please email me at tricia.mccarthy@esc13.txed.net----I'd love to hear about the wonderful things you are doing with your students. Or, better yet...share a colleague's success story!
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REMAINING JANUARY CAMPUS VISITS:

Wednesday, 20th

Thursday, 21st

Tuesday, 26th

Thursday, 28th