Author Archives: kjaxon


Remember: Teaching Reading

Some givens…things we want to remember about teaching reading: Discussion, discussion, discussion. Talk about books with students. Relatable choices; build community to discover choices It is okay to put books down Choice Know students enough to offer them choices Read whenever there is downtime; Reading habits Use resources like Goodreads, Twitter, award winning sites (like

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Welcome to English 341 Spring 2016

Hello! I am beyond excited to teach this course again; it is one of my favorites. Due to this excitement, what you’ll find here is a very ambitious reading list and syllabus. (I can explain, I swear.) And while it is ambitious, and you may gasp at the amount of books we will be reading,

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One Crazy Summer (original song)

ENGL 341 Presentation: Gary, Kelli, Emily from Kim Jaxon on Vimeo. Original song and dance by Gary Smith (writer, vocals, arrangement), Kelli Brennecke (vocals), and Emily McCoole (dance). Based on the Newbery honored children’s novel One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.


Moving Vines

Ashley 4th grade Moving Vines (from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick) One fine morning, detective Amanda Smith was walking down the street. Amanda Smith was the youngest detective in the city. She had short, red hair and a beautiful face. She had light skin and had a slim, fit stomach. She lived in a cottage

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Common Core

K CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.5 Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems). Grade 1 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.10 With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1. Grade 2 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song. Grade 3 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.5

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Miller: Things we know about teaching reading

Take a book with you EVERYWHERE. Freedom of book choice. It is ok to abandon books, graffiti wall. Parents interacting with children and their reading. Classroom environment should feel comfortable, fresh lessons, graphic novels, reading tribes, silent reading, community of readers, reading plan is a great tool, “want to read” list, find time to read,

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Nurturing Professional Life

Webinar and book you might find interesting, especially when you first start teaching. Talking with teachers about nurturing your professional lives in the busy school year: And Meeno Rami’s book, Thrive, talks about staying engaged as a teacher:


Silent Reading Survey

How much of the 30 minutes was spent reading? Did you have a book to read? How are you liking the book so far? What worked for you with silent reading? What was challenging? (Is it hard to read on demand for example?) Other thoughts?


Erick Garcia Blog 1

Hello Everyone!! My name is Erick Garcia and I am from Gridley California. I will be graduating spring 2017 and super excited! I am a liberal studies major but I am not looking to become a teacher but either an academic advisor or a counselor. I love soccer and always into keeping up with the

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Battle Bunny Day!

Little Golden books don’t stand a chance. ;-) Here’s a link to a great resource for teachers. Also, here’s some references for Remix culture: Kirby Ferguson’s Everything is a Remix Series Kirby Ferguson’s TED talk “Embrace the Remix” Lawrence Lessig’s TED talk “Laws That Choke Creativity”


Kim Jaxon: Kissing the Witch

There are quite a few quotes that strike me every time I read the last chapter in Kissing the Witch: “Kissing a witch is perilous business.” “What simpler way is there than a kiss to give power a way into your heart.” I like that the last tale seems to be Donoghue’s own. It makes

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