Winter TAR Group News

We are currently reading Reign of Error by Diane Ravitch and we meet every other Tuesday. We had a great discussion yesterday and would love you to join us! Email Ann Marineau at annmarineau@gmail.com for more information!

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Spring Reading Time!

As the end of the year approaches, I find myself stressed about work and wrapping up the school year. However, I am determined to spend time reading more this year. Here are some titles I have been enjoying. If you have titles that have resonated with you, please share them here!

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
(Great informational read!)

Night Circus by Erin Morgensten (my spring favorite!)

In The Time Of The Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (my current in-progress and I’m enjoying it)

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Happy New Year 2013!

So excited about the ORA Winter Institute this year! Join us February 8-9th in Portland at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. I am especially looking forward to a day with Lori Oczkus! I love the opportunities to learn from my peers around the state and gather new strategies for my classroom from great speakers. What a great opportunity for true professional growth as an educator!

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REVISION!! Literacy Happy Hour changes…

We have rescheduled the good times! Due to conflicts with school schedules, we have moved our kickoff event to Friday, September 14th. I apologize for the inconvenience and hope you can make it. Please RSVP so we can make sure to have enough food and drink for all! Bring a friend!

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Literacy Happy Hour 2012

When: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 5:00pm

Where: Melia’s House (email for directions: melialj@yahoo.com)

What: A sneak-peek at up-coming professional development opportunities, a presentation of the 2012-2013 Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award nominees, information on literacy grant opportunities, and great books all in a relaxed environment with friends, food, and wine!

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Summer Is Coming to a Close!

Oh! The end of summer is like the end of the school year — both bittersweet and exciting! This summer I have camped, backpacked, kayaked, and relaxed. What have you been up to?

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Oregon Reading Conference

Everytime we return to school after this conference, I am filled with exciting new ideas to test out in my classroom. This year was no different! Katie Wood Ray was spectacular! I am currently building ‘stacks’ to help teach my students how to write better. It builds perfectly off my mentor text obession! What was your ‘nugget’ of exciting new learning that you walked away with? Did you try out a new lesson or strategy? Or maybe you are overwhelmed with new books to read! Let us know!

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Summer Reading List! What have you been reading?

I have stacks of books saved up for the summer when I know I ‘should’ have time to indulge in a significant amount of reading. I savor this time because I know during the year, my enjoyment of reading is squashed between worrying about students and getting all that work done. Hopefully everyone has had time to sit and enjoy one, two, or twenty new books this summer and I am excited to hear what everyone is reading!

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ORA Summer Institute – Reading/Writing Connection!

When: August 18, 2011

Where: Eugene Hilton

Come for some great professional development and an opportunity to collaborate with your colleagues about writing and reading instruction.

For more information, visit the Oregon Reading Association website at http://www.oregonread.org

 

 

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TAR (Teachers as Readers) Meetings

Our first TAR meeting is on Wednesday, October 27th at 4:30pm at Melia’s house. Email her for directions! The date has been changed due to the New Teachers Dinner on Tuesday evening.

Join us for a discussion on Little Bee by Chris Cleave. I read the book this summer and finished it in one sitting! I love books that can take an impossibly sad event or situation and still make the story engaging. This was one of those – the mental pictures I have of characters and places are so very clear!

I hope to see you there!

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