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Dr. Joanne Meier

Along with her background as a professor, researcher, writer, and teacher, Joanne Meier is a mom. Join Joanne every week as she shares her experiences raising her own young readers, and guides parents and teachers on the best practices in reading.

Three things of interest to teachers

August 31, 2010

What 10 picture books could you not live without? That's the question behind the 10 for 10 Must Have's project. It's well worth checking out! Many bloggers posted their lists with short annotations and explanations. I know I added several titles to our library queue, and I'll bet you will too! One picture book I couldn't live without: I Like Me. It's a really simple one, and one that I've read that with so many kids. It never fails to make them laugh, and it also helps them identify at least one thing about themselves that they like. What's not to love about that?

How soon is too soon to assess your new class of kids? That's the question asked in this Reflect and Refine post. As teachers, we recognize there's not a minute to waste, but that there are also lots of ways to learn about kids. This post addresses assessment vs. observation, and what sorts of things teachers can be observing during the first weeks of school.

Photo189 is a neat project in which the blogger will add one new picture a day to represent the school year, students and/or lessons. Won't that be fun to follow! What would your picture from today look like?

I hope you are having a great start to your school year! It's a sentimental time for me; I never miss the classroom more than I do during these first few weeks of school. If you have a minute (ha!) comment in and tell me how it's going.

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