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Jessica Crooker
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  • Saint Paul, MN
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Mary Henton replied to Jessica Crooker's discussion Engaging Students in Textbook Reading in the group Literacy in the Content Areas
"This is an interesting idea, Vivian. It seems like a technique that would help ELL students, also. Highlight new words or the narrative clues to a word's definition?"
Jul 1, 2011
Vivian Barker replied to Jessica Crooker's discussion Engaging Students in Textbook Reading in the group Literacy in the Content Areas
"I use page protectors over the text book page. Cut a protector to where it will easily fits over one page and coach students how to find main ideas of subheadings and imprtant facts. This technique is used at the beginning of the year and I show…"
Jun 24, 2011
Todd Anderson replied to Jessica Crooker's discussion Engaging Students in Textbook Reading in the group Literacy in the Content Areas
"Are you familiar with Silver and Strong's Thoughtful Ed. Strategies?  I love to use Reading for Meaning, New American Notebook, and Vocabulary Notebook from them."
Mar 10, 2011
Matthew Stern replied to Jessica Crooker's discussion Engaging Students in Textbook Reading in the group Literacy in the Content Areas
"A great technique I've used is the SQ4R Survey the text and images first to connect to prior knowledge Questions - turn each heading in the text into a question providing a more manageable and concrete purpose for reading Read the text (and…"
Nov 15, 2010
Cherlyn Anderson replied to Jessica Crooker's discussion Engaging Students in Textbook Reading in the group Literacy in the Content Areas
"You may want to look into some of Kylene Beers' materials. There are a lot of strategies posted at www.allamericareads.org Look under Lesson plans. A book I am currently reading is Creating Literacy Rich Schools for Adolescents by Gay Ivey and…"
Sep 14, 2009
Jessica Crooker replied to Jessica Fries-Gaither's discussion Wordle as a reading comprehension tool? in the group Literacy in the Content Areas
"Wordle is a great tool for all kinds of activities. If you want to use it as a pre-reading activity, copy and paste your text (or type a few paragraphs) into wordle to create the word cloud. The size of the words indicates the frequency of their…"
Sep 8, 2009
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Literacy in the Content Areas

Do your students struggle with comprehension or vocabulary development? Looking for ways to integrate literacy in your instruction? This group will explore issues related to literacy in middle school science and mathematics.
Aug 5, 2009
Jessica Crooker replied to Karolee Smiley's discussion Got Wiki?
"Hi Karolee, Thanks for the note on my page. I'm new to MSP2, so it's fun to get those emails saying someone wrote on my page! :) I am currently using wikis in two ways: 1. As a collaboration tool for my district's Teachers of…"
Aug 5, 2009
Jessica Crooker is now a member of Middle School Portal
Jul 31, 2009

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Classroom Teacher (preK-12)
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At 5:52pm on August 12, 2009, Kim Lightle said…
Hi Jessica - So glad you joined the MSP2 network. I see you chose "Other" - I'm always curious about people's background - would you be willing to share what your position is? We really are trying to meet the needs of a varied audience and knowing who our members are sure helps.

In any case, I wanted to point out that we've got lots of resources for middle school math and science educators - look at the left side of the Main page - Math and Science Resource Guides, Diigo lists, and project blogs where we highlight exemplary online math and science
resources and the research that is going on at the polar regions.

We've had three Tech Talks so far - one on Interactive Notebooks, Moodle and Digital Storytelling. Hope you can make the Wiki Webinar - if not, you'll be able to get to all of the archived recordings by clicking on the Web Archive link.

You can see all our upcoming events by clicking on the Events tab. We've got lots more topics to cover in the next few months - technology, pedagogy, content knowledge, all sorts of fun stuff!

Any ideas or feedback you have would be greatly appreciated!

Welcome – Kim
At 9:02am on August 5, 2009, Mary Henton said…
Jessica, any chance you'd be willing to share some of your experiences using wikis in response to Karolee's posting, "Got Wiki?" ??
At 12:02am on August 4, 2009, Karolee Smiley said…
Hi Jessica
Welcome to MSP2
I hope you will be able to join me with wikis! If you have any questions or ideas to share, feel free to add them to the discussion.
Besides wikis, are there other things you are interested in? You might want to introduce yourself here and join groups. Its a great way to find more people with similar interests, to find information and share your own experiences and expertise.
If you need any help or would like to see something added, just let us know.
toodles
At 10:22am on August 3, 2009, Mary Henton said…
Welcome to MSP2, Jessica.

Glad you're going to join the Tech Talk on Wikis. There has been a little discussion here and there on MSP2 on wikis that you might find interesting. Karolee started a discussion back in June and also posted to a blog at that time.

Have you been using wikis in your classroom or planning with other teachers? I LOVE using wikis!

If you have specific questions or issues you'd like addressed, or have any comments about wikis, feel free to share those on the event's page.
 
 
 

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