Greetings, Friday Fivers –
My new school has been in session for a full week now. One of the first things
I’ve noticed as a newcomer is the attention paid to literacy and to professional
development. Teachers at NKO are devoting an hour and a half each week to
discussion and reflection on literacy best practices, more specifically on
improving reading instruction in the content areas. This week, we discussed
reading aloud and text sets. As a result, I’ve been poking around literacy web
sites that might support this professional development, and I thought I’d share
some of my better finds with you this week.
Have a great Labor Day,
1) BBC – Schools Ages 4-11 – Literacy Sites
The BBC produces wonderful stories and games for kids.
2) Word Girl
This is a web site for a new PBS show that promotes literacy. Word up!
3) Verizon Literacy Network
Check out literacy resources from what was formerly known as Marco Polo, now
known as Verizon’s Thinkfinity.
4) Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse
Literacy coaching is a new concept to me and it is used at my new school, so I
thought I’d learn more about it.
5) Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets is one-stop shopping for all things related early literacy. I
subscribe to their newsfeeds in my newsreader.
6) The Literacy Web at the University of Connecticut
Find lots of resources arranged by grade level here in addition to literacy
research. I particularly like the links to teacher web pages; it’s nice to get a
peek into other classrooms.