Literacy Connections

A Weekly Round Up of Literacy Links & Resources

March 22, 2015

We're entering the craziness of the testing schedule starting this week. For some, this means the always consistent schedule will not be so consistent for awhile. For some, it means you may need to offer more brain breaks or an extra "You've got this!". But for all it means that teaching/learning will continue on...and this too shall pass. You and your students have "got this"!

This week I'm sharing more ideas for using Padlet, ideas for grouping considerations, writer's notebooks for teachers, and a link to register for the 2016 Donald Graves Write Now! Conference. As always, you'll find book recommendations for grades K-5. FYI, just because I've listed a title for a specific grade, doesn't mean that's the ONLY grade level who would enjoy it. Check them all out!

Happy Reading!



I know many of you have some familiarity with Padlet since we've used this platform in two of our Professional Learning Days this year. This virtual wall platform has so many uses within the classroom as it allows teachers & students to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device.

Need some inspiration? Look no further...check out any of these links for K-5 ideas.

Mrs. Knott's Book Nook: Posting Shelfies on Padlet

I Heart EdTech: Padlet for Formative Assessment

Deb Frazier's Wild Readers Padlet

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Write Now Conference 2016

Yes, you read that title correctly! I'm including a link to register for the Donald Graves Write Now Conference, to be held on April 2, 2016, at Kennett High School in North Conway, NH NOW because Lucy Calkins will be the featured speaker. This conference will fill up very quickly! To register, click here.

Consider Social Learning When Grouping

There are so many things to consider when we are deciding how we might group students-- whether as reading/writing partners, in book clubs, or in strategy groups. Cathy Mere shared her thinking about grouping after reflecting on a exchange she observed between two of her students this past week. I really appreciated her reminder that we sometimes need to think about what learners can gain from each other. Click here to read Cathy's post.

Writer's Notebooks~They're Not Just for Students

Have you ever considered keeping your own Writer's Notebook or Teaching Journal? Not sure how to get started or what to include? Click here to read Choice Literacy's founder, Brenda Power's post on tips from the pros.

The Book Buzz

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