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Social Media: The Good and the Bad

Defining Social Media Merriam-Webster defines social media as: forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos) “social media.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, 2019.Web. 4 May 2019. Background Story I’ve been using social media for a long time. I got my first email address in college, in 1998. It was an AOL account. “You’ve got mail!” Then sometime around 2003, I got a…

Fluency Facts

What is Fluency? the ability to recognize words easily reading with speed reading with expression reading with accuracy understanding what is read How Can Teachers Improve Students’ Fluency? READ – Encourage students to READ, READ, READ!!! They can read a paper copy of a book or a digital one. They can listen to a book on CD and read along. Get books in their hands! Let them choose books they are interested in. Model Fluency – Read to students so they hear and understand…

Makerspaces

Introduction I teach at a K-6 elementary school in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Our media center has always been one of the busiest and most important parts of our school. Why? Our school knows the importance of reading, and we want to instill a love of reading in each and every student. Our media coordinator, Mrs. Laura Bowers, has spent countless hours choosing a variety of books for all interests. We don’t force children to read “on their levels” or…

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