This is the second month we are offering peer reviewed, teacher created skill-based lessons. We are happy to do this for our LiteracyTA Members. We want to provide great lessons teachers can use to teach the new state literacy standards.

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This week, Lauren Garrison--an elementary school teacher, co-author of Discover and Soar Reading and Writing Teacher Guides, and contributor to eCoach--shares her story about plan

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In 2007, a guidance document from the Center on Instruction published five research based recommendations to improve literacy instruction across content areas. This document was one of many resources LiteracyTA used to begin building their literacy skills and teaching tools.

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This week a very special guest offered to write an eCoach for LiteracyTA. Tim LeMaster, my father, has been teaching for over 40 years. He has taught in both private and public schools. Currently, he is teaching middle school social studies in the William S. Hart School District. Tim has encouraged me all my life to be my best self. We are thankful for his words of wisdom.

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Did you know that your syllabus can say volumes about who you are as a teacher? I learned that this year. I have been writing syllabi since my first year as a high school teacher in 2002. What teachers write in their syllabus matters. Not only do we want to communicate what students will learn, we want them to know who we are and what we believe.

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