Archive for the ‘English Language Arts and Reading’ Category

Poetry Please

AUTHOR: Laura Lee Stroud, Elementary ELAR Specialist An Abandoned Tool Past U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins says “High school is where poetry goes to die” because it is there that many students inadvertently learn that poetry isn’t relevant to their lives. Oftentimes in working with these teachers we find that poetry remains buried and absent […]

The Need for Bilingual Education in Texas Today

AUTHOR: Trish Flores, Coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction Bilingual education is a high needs area felt by many school districts across the country.  In particular, it is a high needs area for Texas due to the increase of second language learners migrating to this area of the country. Many people may ask themselves, why do we […]

May and Summer PD Opportunities + TEA Reading Academies

Distinguished Speaker Series Welcomes Linda Christensen Date: May 18 Cost: $155.00 CPE: 6 hours Workshop ID: SP1633543 Description: Writing Essays That Matter in Language Arts and Social Studies In this session, Linda Christensen creates a framework for exploring stories from marginalized voices often silenced by traditional textbooks and literature. Participants will experience a historical “tea […]

STAAR Writing Review Tips & Spring and Summer PD Opportunities

5 Things To Remember about Writing Review before STAAR Now is the time to remind our kids: they are strong writers that have a wealth of information to connect to any prompt on test day. Here are five reminders for TEACHERS to augment our work before STAAR Writing and EOC test day! 1. We should […]

Preparing for the Reading and Writing STAAR the Smart Way

AUTHOR: Janet Hester, Secondary ELAR Specialist Begin at the Beginning: The STAAR-Prep Dilemma What do we do when students enter our classrooms lacking confidence and fluency in writing? For many schools and districts in Texas, the attempted answer to this skills deficit has been to drill students on writing the STAAR tasks over and over again. […]

Extra! Extra! New Resources, Offerings, and Opportunities

Elementary Expository Playbook We are pleased to announce that the new Elementary Playbook will be ready to buy on the Region 13 store in early February! The playbook will help teachers prepare their students for the specific expectations of the STAAR test’s expository writing task, while keeping them engaged and confident. With this resource, teachers will […]

Big News! New TEKS, New Distinguished Speaker, and Spring Course Offerings!

First Drafts of Revised ELAR TEKS Posted Find the First Drafts of Recommendations for Revisions to the English Language Arts and Reading TEKS (November 2015) here. The drafts on the TEA website were developed by the English language arts and reading TEKS review committees appointed by members of the SBOE. It will be extremely important for ELAR […]

Be the Learner

AUTHOR: Laura Lee D. Stroud, Elementary English Language Arts Specialist Superintendents expect principals to learn. Principals expect teachers to learn. Teachers expect students to learn. The field of education sets high standards for our children but do we hold ourselves as educators to the same standard? How often do we engage as learners outside of […]

Tranlanguaging – Normal Bilingual Discourse

AUTHOR: Ivonne Santiago, Bilingual/ESL Specialist Translanguaging refers to the language practices of bilingual people. Cen Williams first coined the term in 1994, referring to a pedagogical practice in which students alternated between languages for the purposes of receptive or productive use. Students may have been asked to read in English and write in Welsh and […]

Place Markers: An Effective Reading Strategy Tool for Distracted Readers

AUTHOR: Holly Salas, Instructional and Write for Texas Coach Teaching children to read involves countless variables. However, strategies to teach comprehension, fluency, accuracy, etc., cannot be effective with students who are disengaged. Teachers regularly instruct students who are sleepy, ill, hungry, disinterested, or distracted. Often, a student’s distractibility is the result of a disability. Whatever […]

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