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Jeff Anderson Training

I spent the last two days at a training with Jeff Anderson.  If you haven't heard of him, he is the author of several great books.  Here they are:

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We learned how to teach conventions and grammar in context.  It was a ton of fun, mostly because Jeff is HILARIOUS!

Jeff taught us that  DLI, DOL, Mug Shorts (anything that has kids looking at incorrect sentences) is not research based and are actually B-A-D  for kids.   Why?  We process so much visually and keeps incorrect models in students visual stores.

I  hated when I "had" to do DLI because I never saw the transfer and disliked having to spend any precious time on it.  I totally agree that having students look at incorrect models is a waste of time and may actually harm a students growth in literacy.  I love how Jeff taught us to use correct models to teach conventions and grammar.   In addition, we looked at  Common Core standards for our grade level and came up with lessons.  I am so excited to use this!

In first grade our Common Core standards are:
*capitals (beginning of sentence, I, dates and names)
*punctuation (. ? !)
*commas  (dates, to separate single words in a series)
*nouns (common, proper, possessive, singular, regular plural nouns /s/ /es/)
*verbs (singular, plural and verbs to convey a sense of past, present, future)
*pronouns (personal, possessive and indefinite)
*adjectives  (frequently occurring such as big, red, fantastic, pretty)
*conjunctions (and, but, or, so, because and subordinating conjunctions such as after, before, etc.)
*prepositions (such as to, from, in, out, off, during beyond)
*interrogatives (who, what, where, when, why, how)
*sentence completeness (produce and expand complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences)

If you have the opportunity to see Jeff, do it!  Your stomach may hurt from laughter but you will learn a ton!  And for now, burn your sentence fix up curriculum so you never put an incorrect model in front of a student again!  Hooray!

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