Our Friends in the News

By Lorie Lech, August 18, 2010 8:57 PM

Hey all!  I know its been sooooo busy and we have kind of lost touch, but I wanted to give a BIG shout out to Kim V. and Casey G!!!!  Their school was highlighted in the news today for positive things going on in their building!  Awesome to see good things in the news about schools!!!!!  Congrats ladies!

To see the full story, go to the link below:


Wow…Don’t Think I Could Have Said it Better Myself…

By Lorie Lech, July 12, 2010 8:31 AM

Florida Teacher’s Essay Becomes Rallying Cry for Educators Seeking Respect

This essay is PHENOMENAL.


Photo Prompts on WritingFix.com

By Lorie Lech, July 8, 2010 11:52 AM

Looking for some photos to inspire writing? Go to this link for several really intriguing photos!


Inquiring About Inquiry: Setting Demonstration Worries Aside

By Lorie Lech, June 23, 2010 8:18 AM

Hello all!  Please feel free to vent, ask questions, celebrate, give advice, etc.!  Hopefully this will ease some of the stress that comes along the way!

Five Words

By Lorie Lech, June 8, 2010 5:07 PM

Welcome Fellows of 2010 Summer Institute.  Current TC’s you are more than welcome to join in as well!

We would like you to get acquainted with the web site.  Please respond to this post by describing yourself using ONLY 5 words!

Pre Institute 2010

By Lorie Lech, May 15, 2010 2:34 PM

Inquiry Rocks!!!!!  Woo hoo!!!!!


By Lorie Lech, February 24, 2010 10:13 PM

Hello!  Tonight was our first practice run through for the presentations for the Showcase.  For those who were scheduled, an AMAZING job!  After tonight, we are certain the showcase will rock!  I cannot wait to see the rest on Saturday!  Thanks again to all!!!

Writing Web Site

By Lorie Lech, January 26, 2010 10:32 PM

Hi all!  I recently received this link from a former colleague.  Haven’t gotten too deep into the site, but thought some may be interested in some of the resources.  The site has quite a few links that may be of use!  Let me know if you find anything good to use!


Spelling vs. Writing

By Lorie Lech, January 11, 2010 9:37 PM

Hello!  I have a question to pose to see if I can get some ideas.  It is currently report card time (my faaaaavorite time and, lucky for teachers, it comes 4 times a year!!!).  It seems as though some of my parents tend to  identify spelling as identical to writing.  Even worse, some uphold spelling as much more important than writing content and other writing related strategies.  Why is this?!? As an elementary teacher, I find spelling instruction (by this I mean giving a list of words in which kids write each word 5 times, put the words in alphabetical order, etc.) a complete waste of time and really find it pointless.  Unless the focus is on word patterns or some type of word study, I find memorizing word spellings tedious and small in the grand scheme of learning.I do think it is important to know letter sounds, blends, patterns, etc.  It all comes together as the child grows as a reader and a writer.  But what is the hang up?!!  Is it just that spelling is very clearly assessed by noting that a set of words is spelled correctly or not?  Why is spelling homework something parents feel is SO necessary? Why is it that some of my students’ parents are so critical of their child’s spelling that they miss out on the amazing writing presented by their child?!

Of course, this is definitely my own personal opinion, and maybe not all see it the same.  What do you all think?

By the way, ironically, I tried to hit spell check after writing this, and it kept causing the screen to freeze!! Ha! Go figure!

(PS—I teach 2nd grade, so I apologize to anyone who is thinking that I am off my rocker for this conversation!! :)

Inquiry: Questions, Frustrations and Celebrations!

By Lorie Lech, January 9, 2010 8:56 PM

What’s Working? What’s not going so well? what help do you need? What has gone well? Post it here!

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