February 16

Developmental Studies Center: Webinars!

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Developmental Studies Center

Developmental Studies Center is one of my MOST favorite (I’m not even sure I have the correct name for what they truly are…) “Family”/supportive curriculum programs ever. I have known and used products and programs from DevStu for years but here is how they differ from 99.9% of every other program and company out there. When you purchase a ‘product’ from DevStu; all these wonderful and supportive people begin to call you and ‘they’ feel like little tickles under your teacher wings; it’s like that feeling you have when you call a company and an actual person answers the phone. You get taken aback for a moment because we have all become accustomed to being nothing more than a number in this (what to me has become terrible) technological-computer based run, customer service industry!! It’s truly refreshing!!

 They are the support you need as an educator and strangely when you are waiting for it to come from your district and/or school (and it doesn’t) here it is from a place where you feel like you may be a stranger…but don’t fear it…accept it and embrace it…join it and become part of the family. (You’ll enjoy it as I have!) That is why I feel using the word “company” to describe DevStu is truly a disservice; companies are no longer resemble anything similar to this. Calling DevStu a company would underestimate what has been established, the relationships they create with educators, schools, and students; it would devalue what Developmental Studies is truly about.

They (the support team; whether you need assistance with Math, Writing, Reading, Vocabulary) are always there … no matter the time. If you are in need- swoop…they there are supporting your wings while your struggle/adjust; making sure you don’t fall or falter all the while guiding you until you are soaring again. 

Dev-Stu is not just a system but a family… The entire organization is true and devoted to what their mission states:  They want to see educators succeed because they know and have seen the results of this. When educators have the skills and tools to succeed; this will lead to student achievement. (If only we could take care of poverty issues too…but that’s a whole different subject…)

I have used many of their ‘programs (I really don’t like to call them programs…because that is not what they are…but for a lack of a better word…) I have never been paid to write for them… I’m speaking from the heart when I state that I believe in their materials, professional development; because they put time, research and effort into each one of them. It’s not simply about money making as a bottom line (and after being in education for so long- it’s very clear when a company wants your $ or wants to see you and your students succeed)…

I cannot tell you why DevStu is so different and why this is the case… Maybe the company was started by an educator looking for a better way (I don’t know the history of the company); but if you are looking for worthwhile valuable materials, programs, and tools that are research based…. Check them out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. {If you are- I’d be very surprised and I’d truly want to know about it!!}

Here is a calendar of some FREE Upcoming Webinars I found that they are hosting, on a variety of topic… Please leave a comment to let me know if you’ve had experience with DevStu; good or bad—

http://www.eventbrite.com/org/55589421?s=3154703

December 20

Send a “reading” themed holiday e-card!

Reading Rockets

Reading_Rockets_picReading Rockets is one of my FAVORITE websites! It is a great resource for educators; it has basically anything and everything you need to teach reading. Reading teachers can also find information to give parents, pamphlets to hand out on curriculum nights, and information on English-Language Learners.

Currently, you can get a reading themed holiday e-card on Reading Rockets! Customize it and send it to whoever you want!! Take the opportunity to send these e-cards out to colleagues, co-workers, parents, and anyone else you think might like them!

Here is an example of one of the many reading themed e-cards available from Reading Rockets currently…

I can’t think of a better way to promote literacy and Holiday Cheer than this!!
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Season’s Readings to all

& May the New Year be filled with

Blessings, Happiness, and Good Health!!

…from Educator’s Helper…

September 5

online literacy resources

Welcome back to School!!!

schoolhouseMost educators and students are now back to school or will be back to school, by Tuesday September 7th, 2010. For those who are already back and looking for Literacy Center ideas- I wanted to share some resources with you that I came across myself.

The first website was a GREAT one with lots of great links to other sites. It is called The School Bell. The School Bell has great resources and ideas for Word Wall, Dolch Sight words, Math Centers, Literacy Centers, and much more.

Another helpful resource, which is one that I have blogged about before, is SanchezClass.com. If you click the link and you do not enter immediately, make sure to “Enter” the website and then go into the “Teacher’s corner”… I found loads of great ideas in the Curriculum Resources Section! Most of the information on the site is geared towards grades K-6- and it’s wonderful information too!!

FCRR– is the Florida Center for Reading Research- not only are the resources all research based but they are all FREE! At FCRR, there are downloadable literacy centers geared towards every grade level, k-5, and for almost every skill you can imagine. The only problem (if you can even call it a problem) is that you have to look through all of the material to find what you need or you might as well download it all! There are assessments as well, available, monitoring tools, checklists…. pretty much everything you can ever need for literacy is here.

One of the tools that I definitely want to use this year as a resource and literacy station is the classroom computer. I have four computers this year and definitely want to use them to increase literacy skills. In my search for tools, I have come across the following programs (I hope you might find them useful too)

Teaching Heart- One more additional source for Literacy Centers: http://teachingheart.net/LC.htm

Of course, if one cannot find what he/she needs at any of the sites above…then the following site is the “GO TO PLACE” to find anything you need- a must “follow” and a must “newsletter” to subscribe to— Larry Ferlazzo’s Blog- He blogs about All things educational… http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/

If you do not find what you need for Literacy Centers using the resources above and need something in particular- Let me know- I am attaching some resources that I am using in particular for my own classroom; such as directions for the Poetry Center, Sentence Making forms, Listening Station Response sheet, etc…

I hope you enjoy the resources… Let me know by leaving a comment!!!

Center Extension Activities (from READWRITETHINK)

Center Sheet  (the following are from -SchoolBell and TeachingHeart.net- Check both sites for more great materials!)

Poetry Center ideas

Literacy Box Recording Sheet

Read Around the Room

Spelling Contract

SpellingBuddy Test

Weekly Reader Report