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20130905-211605.jpg. We had a great time trying out a trick i learned at Carol Gaab’s reader’s theater workshop NTPRS 13! It is called Freeze Frame. I think you could use it a lot of ways but I will tell you how I did it today.

In Spanish 1 we use Cuéntame más. We are working on the Muchacho Pastor story. We’ve been slowly building our story for two weeks, and today we tried a story twist. I gave them a variation of one of our class stories and broke them into groups of 5-6. Their job (rather than to illustrate it to show comprehension as I’ve done in the past) 6 lines of the story, posed their group, and I took pics w the iPad. Tonight I used their pics and the educreations app to create little movies that we can watch tomorrow and get more reps as they hear me narrate the story to their pics! Lots of fun!

In Spanish 4 we are reading “La Llorona de Mazatlán”. We finished chapter two and won’t get to chapter 3 until Monday. I divided the story into small sections and the class into groups of 2. They each posed for their part and then I created educreation movies so that on Monday we can catch back up with the main character, Laney!

Thanks to Carol for the great idea! The pics are adorable and the promised movies have them so excited for tomorrow!

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What should I be reading???

Do you do much “professional reading in the summer?” I hate to admit it but in the past i have not. I read ALOT of books but never things that i might consider PD.

This summer, in addition to 14 personal reads, I read 3 books that have inspired me so much that I’m almost chomping at the bit to get back to school and try new and engaging things in my classroom!

If you haven’t done it yet, no matter your subject, please consider reading these three books as the summer winds down and you’re gearing up for an exciting start to the new year!

First is The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease! This book has me so inspired to read chapter books aloud in my classes! I think even upper levels will enjoy Brandon Brown quivered in perro by Carol Gaab!

Second: The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. I have been reading all wrong in my classroom and i am determined to fix this problem…. Starting this weekend with the folding of 175 origami bookmarks that I’ll give as gifts to my guinea pigs on this free reading journey!

Last is Teach like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. I have studied and presented on Understanding by Design/Backward Planning for years and this book just marries into that idea perfectly! From hooking the kids at the beginning of each unit to building a rapport with them, it will get you so excited to see your new crop of faces!!!

Please take time to read something this week that will help you rejuvenate yourself as you head back! Never get a second chance to make a first impression!