Julia Gibeault

Julia Gibeault, Adjunct Faculty Retired University of Alaska, Southeast School of Education, MAT Program e-Learning Literacy in the Intermediate & Middle School Grades 2007-2019

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Julia Retires from UA Southeast!

I fully retired as of the Fall 2019 Semester.  You are welcome to review and use the site postings, which will no longer be updated.   My thanks and respect to you, the professional educator, for continually striving to learn more about how to help your students grow as readers and writers, thinkers and problem-solvers.   

WordWorks Literacy Centre – Structured Word Inquiry (“scientific word investigation”), SWI.

Peter Bowers’ website is a remarkable resource for teaching yourself and your students how meaning and spelling relate. Develop routines, and strategies to use “the principles of scientific inquiry as the basis of word level literacy instruction.” http://www.wordworkskingston.com/WordWorks/Home.html The following are the standard four questions used to guide SWI investigations. Investigate with these 4 questions… What …

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Family Storytelling

https://www.languagemagazine.com/family-storytelling/The power of oral language and story for children’s literacy development is crucial for teachers to know and use. Nile Stanley and Brett Dillingham offer a powerful parenting strategy for developing intellect, language, literacy, and values https://www.languagemagazine.com/family-storytelling/ Digital Storytelling:   Here are more ideas from Stanley and Dillingham related to digital storytelling: https://www.languagemagazine.com/2011/02/21/making-learners-click-with-digital-storytelling/

International Literacy Association makes, The Case for Children’s Rights to Read

See also, for application to teaching: https://www.literacyworldwide.org/docs/default-source/communications/literacy-today/literacy-today-rights-to-read.pdf

Differentiating for student engagement and success is first a mindset

Click on the link below to open this brief video from Education Week,  showing how to begin thinking about and providing differentiated opportunities for your students! https://video.edweek.org/detail/video/5833607063001/differentiating-instruction-its-not-as-hard-as-you-think?autoStart=true&cmp=eml-enl-cc-mostpop-rm&M=58609547&U=1988343

Teaching Close Reading & Visual Thinking Skills

— using Photo & 8 Min. Films from the New York Times  and The Learning Network: https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/10-intriguing-photographs-to-teach-close-reading-and-visual-thinking-skills/ 10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills BY MICHAEL GONCHAR  FEBRUARY 27, 2015 7:00 AM 8 Compelling Mini-Documentaries to Teach Close Reading and Critical Thinking Skills https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/10/8-compelling-mini-documentaries-to-teach-close-reading-and-critical-thinking-skills/  

Setting Up Independent Work So You Can Meet 0ne-On-One with Students

Setting Up Norms for Independent Work
One-on-one conferences with students are a valuable use of class time—provided the other students are able to work quietly on their own.

By Jori Krulder
May 14, 2018

Some ideas for motivating student engagement

5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners

ILA Choice Reading Lists: Children’s Choices, Teachers’ Choices & Young Adults’ Choices


Helping Students Do Research in the Stacks, by Sarah Cooper.

Source:  https://www.middleweb.com/37411/helping-students-do-research-in-the-stacks/  A MiddleWeb Blog, 4/10/2018 So how do we turn students into the indefatigable history detectives we’d like them to be? They are used to trying different search terms on a screen, but when it comes to wandering the stacks, sometimes they don’t know where to begin. The steps below may seem obvious. But …

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