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The CD:CM Ratio

The CD:CM Ratio: It’s All Relative.

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | May 19, 2016 | Comments Off on The CD:CM Ratio: It’s All Relative.

Dear Dr. D’, What do I tell my department when they would like to change the ratios from what they were taught?  Frustrated Department Chair Dear Frustrated, Your question is one which I address on a regular basis; and, now …

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The Vertical Vision: Hitting on All Cylinders (PART IV OF IV – Writing)

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | April 7, 2016 | Comments Off on The Vertical Vision: Hitting on All Cylinders (PART IV OF IV – Writing)

Dear Teachers, Today is the fourth blog in a four-part series called “Hitting on All-Cylinders” (HOAC). The series began with one of my colleagues asking me how to get everything done in a given year. In other words, her Scope and Sequence (S&S) …

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Life is a Timed Test!: How to Integrate ELA Skills and Concepts to Achieve Goals and Complete the Scope and Sequence

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

  Dear Dr. D’, “Our Scope and Sequence is huge, and I do not know how to get everything done and include the Jane Schaffer Writing Program, too. Help!! I’m drowning!”  Lisa  Dear Lisa, Most teachers feel the same as …

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STAAR® Woes: Writing an Expository Essay Without It Transforming Into a Personal Narrative

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. D’, “I have a question regarding last year’s 7th grade Expository STAAR® Prompt.  We just took our 2015 benchmark (MOCK STAAR) and I am reading the students’ essays.  I am a bit confused about how they would have …

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The Story of a Teacher

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | December 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Louis, I just wanted to say thank you for continuing Jane’s vision, message, and programs. In 1991, I was a drama major and former actor returning to my home in San Diego after two and a half years …

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The “MISS”NOMER

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | November 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

As educators, we help students to find the right words. Without us, without education, the poverty of words results in frustration and anger. So, I am always proud of teachers who build their students’ vocabulary everyday to help them express …

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SCOPE AND SEQUENCE: Summative Assessment

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Finish Scoring the one-chunk body paragraph and the process from Independent Writing last week. Do not score only the final product; you must score the process to demonstrate to students that the process at this stage in their writing acumen …

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Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later: Planning, Preparing, and Implementing Writing Prompts

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. D’, I wanted to get your comments on a  prompt that I will use on Friday with my Honors students.  They read a creation myth about good vs. evil and the need for both in order to create …

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SCOPE AND SEQUENCE (Week Five): Paired and Independent Writing

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now that school is underway, and you’ve taken time to introduce to students the functions of sentences in an academic paragraph, the time has come to gradually release the responsibility to them. For this week, you are going to have …

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Archetype of the Month: The King

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

I like to begin teaching archetypes with the fairy tale. One of my favorite fairy tales is “Sleeping Beauty.” At the beginning of this popular fairy tale, the reader is introduced to the King and the Queen. To begin, a teacher …