Mark Pennington
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Expository Reading Fluencies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jayashree Iyer Jan 11. 1 Reply

Essay e-Comments

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Pennington Jun 4, 2011. 2 Replies


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Jayashree Iyer replied to Mark Pennington's discussion Expository Reading Fluencies
"Glad to read your post."
Jan 11
Mark Pennington posted a discussion

Expository Reading Fluencies

Hey Reading Intervention Teachers! Thought I'd share my latest project on Expository Reading Fluencies and ask for your feedback. I'm putting 129 of my animal fluency passages on YouTube. Each modeled reading passage is read at 95‒115 (Level A), 115‒135 (Level B), and 135‒150 (Level C) words per minute to challenge remedial readers at their respective reading levels.I'm just starting to use these modeled…See More
Oct 5, 2014
Daniel Baker commented on Mark Pennington's group Reading Intervention Teachers
"Some reading intervention at IEP4U.COM has over 4000  Goals and Objectives (IEP-ITP) each with changeable benchmarks. The Idea Statements are spread out over seven subjects (Domains) and four functional levels (Limited Version).…"
Oct 4, 2011
Mark Pennington replied to Melissa Y Mullin's discussion Developing a High School Reading Class
"Melissa, Having served as a remedial reading teacher at the high school level (M.A. Reading Specialist), I want to encourage you to start your course planning with your students. Each will have "flunked" their STAR reading test for…"
Aug 13, 2011
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Need Mac Help for e-Grading

Colleagues, At the start of summer I released a simple download of 438 essay e-comments for teachers to use to improve essay response and save time grading. Here's a sample comment:Revise: Too Many “to-be” Verbs Consider limiting use of is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been to one per paragraph. To replace “to be verbs” 1. Substitute a more active verb 2. Begin the sentence with another word from the sentence 3. Change one of the words in the sentence into a verb form.The …See More
Jul 31, 2011

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I'm an MA Reading Specialist father of three boys. My wife and I live in the California Gold Country.

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Should We Teach Standards or Children?

Posted on July 2, 2009 at 10:53am 4 Comments

This may well be professional suicide. But, it’s time to come out of the closet. I say I teach the standards, but I really teach children.

As an educational publisher and author, I sell books that address state and national standards in English-language Arts and reading. The standards-based movement has clearly taken over the publishing and educational establishment. For example, in California, a district cannot purchase programs with state-allocated district monies… Continue

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