Author Archives: stfleming

About stfleming

Reader, writer, thinker and dreamer. I teach in the St. Paul Public Schools

Silicon Valley No Tech

This article is from a while ago but I think it needs repeating: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/technology/at-waldorf-school-in-silicon-valley-technology-can-wait.html For centuries we taught and learned without computers.  While there is a time and a place for them (and I love using technology!) is every time … Continue reading

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Capitalism vs. Democracy

Posted at NY Times: S. T. Fleming   Minnesota When I lived in Latin America people would often say, “We are poor because they are rich.” The reference connected the poor of the global south to the rich of the global … Continue reading

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Language Acquisition

How do children acquire language?  Lots of language, written language, spoken language? Dr. Kate Kinsella gave an interesting talk last year at the Minnesota ESL, Bilingual and Migrant Education Conference.  Here is the link to her page from the conference. … Continue reading

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On banned books

Thrilled was I to read in the Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) about the failed effort to ban a book, Eleanor and Park.  Books should not be banned.  Period. Yes, there are difficult themes in books.  But there are difficult themes in life. … Continue reading

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Transition Words in Spanish

When writing realistic fiction (I teaching in 4th grade) there are ways to make your paragraphs flow more smoothly from one to the next.  One way is to use transition words.  I found and added to a list of transition … Continue reading

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Reader’s Workshop Work Time

I have been working with a group of teachers to create a rubric for the reader’s workshop work time.  We are looking at the possibilities of ramping up our practice.  See what you think: Reader’s Workshop Work Time Rubric

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Time Spent Reading

From http://www.devstu.org/research-individualized-daily-reading Have you seen this?  Amazing!  Let’s read more! “Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding (1988) led one of the most extensive studies of independent reading in which they investigated the relationship of reading time to reading achievement. The study found that … Continue reading

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Literacy Coaching

About two months ago I began a new position as a literacy coach in an urban elementary school, preK- 5th grade.  My hope is to begin recording a bit of what happens in the process. To begin I offer two … Continue reading

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Trust your Heart/ Confía en tu corazón

Confía en tu corazón.  Algunas personas y ciertas cosas son importante para ti por una razón.  Escucha tu corazón y sigue tus sueños.  Trust your heart. Some people and certain things are important to you for a reason.  Listen to … Continue reading

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

23        Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with … Continue reading

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