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November 24, 2014

Copyright Corner

Pop Quiz!

True or False: A teacher uses a copy machine to enlarge a picture of Snoopy from the Sunday comics and traces it for her bulletin board. This act is in violation of any copyright laws.


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Teaching Tip

I LOVE this and have used it with audiences of hundreds to have the room teach the room. Here’s how it works. Pose a question to the audience to figure out. You might want to show a video and pose a question, have them think about a passage they have read or have them respond to a real world experience. Ask the audience to raise fingers up corresponding to the answer i.e. 1 finger for the first answer, 2 for the second, 3 for third. Or thumbs up true, thumbs down false. Next ask them to find someone with a different answer and try to change the other person’s mind or be convinced of the answer so that both people have agreed on the answer. When you vote again, you’ll find many more people have moved toward an answer. Do this one more time. Usually by the third time, the room will agree and peers will have taught one another. You can read more about this technique created by Harvard Professor Eric Mazur here.

-Written by Lisa Nielsen

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Class sets of Books

There are 25 copies of each of the following and they are ready to be checked out!


  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  • Charlotte's Web
  • Put Me in the Zoo
  • The BFG
  • Flat Stanley
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  • Owl at Home
  • The Stories Julian Tells
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  • Little Bear
  • Cowgirl Kate & Coco
  • Are you My Mother?

Professional Library - The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

"Throughout this book I've offered research showing the impact of parent role models on children's reading habits. Though they have less impact than parents, teachers should be reading role models as well-especially for those children whose parents cannot or will not do the job. The trouble, however, is that most teachers are seldom seen reading for pleasure. Reading for work, from the text, from lesson plans, yes. But sitting back and savoring a book for its own sake or talking about a book they read last night? Seldom."


Check out this book to see why reading aloud to students is important on a daily basis and why teachers need to model reading.

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Pop Quiz Answer: TRUE!