“I am absolutely convinced that student performance is about expectations - those we have for our students and equally as important, those we have for ourselves.” ~ Terry Myers, CMS Superintendent. ~~ "We are the proud 6th graders who were having so much fun throughtout the past several weeks, we didn't even realize we had learned SO much!" ~ Nicolas, 6th grader at Ranchvale Elementary. ~~ "Be the one that makes your family, your school, and your community proud." ~ Wayne Marshall, CHS Principal. ~~ "Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time." ~ Marian Wright Edelman. ~~ On the last day of school at La Casita Elementary, having just distributed student summer reading logs, Principal Dr. Martinez asked students what their summer plans were; 1st grader, Angel, shouted, "LEER!" ["Read!" in English]. ~~ "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." ~ Henry B. Adams. ~~ "Remember who you are and where you come from; you will always be a Wildcat. Don't let the world decide who you will be; you decide who you will be." ~ Wayne Marshall, CHS Principal. ~~ "Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." ~ B.F. Skinner  ~~ "CHS graduation was great! Our senior speakers gave some of the top speeches I've heard!" ~ Pam Cornelison, CHS Head Counselor. ~~ "The greatest sign of success for a teacher…is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'" ~ Maria Montessori. ~~ "Teaching isn't the 3 months you get out of it, it is the 9 months you put into it!" ~ Sylvia Martinez, Ph.D., Principal, La Casita Elementary. ~~ "It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts…it is to teach them to think." ~ Robert Hutchins. ~~ "Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education." ~ Charlotte Bronte. ~~ In an aside to a new student: "Don't ever say anything is too hard in here; Mrs. Hedeman (Zia Elementary gifted teacher) will say we can DO hard things!" ~ Jocelyn, 3rd grader.                        
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Oral Language Development 
Oral Language Development across the Curriculum, K-12. ERIC Digest 
Young Children's Oral Language Development  
Oral Language Development for Beginners
Language Arts: Elementary Resources: Oral Language Development Continuum
Young Children’s Oral Language Development

Background Knowledge
Background Knowledge: Making Connections Between New and Known Information
Article on Background Knowledge
Develop Background Knowledge
Example of a graphic organizer to build background knowledge
Adolescent Literacy (grades 4-12) Use Easy Nonfiction to Build Background Knowledge
How to Connect Students' Background Knowledge to Content in the ELL Classroom Primed Background Knowledge

Phonemic Awareness
Games, chants, songs etc.
Songs That Build Phonological Awareness (Including Phonemic Awareness) Phonics
Phonemic Awareness - Pre Reading Skills
Phonemic Awareness: An Important Early Step in Learning To Read
Phoneme Isolation: Building Phonemic Awareness
Phonics-sounds included
Phonics games
Learn to Read: Free Phonics games, worksheets and flashcards
A Gold Mine of Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Worksheets
Interactive Phonics and Word Study
Where children have fun learning to read

Online classroom tools for teacher/parents/students

Target the problem! Fluency
Fluency & Learning to Read - Reading Fluency

Reading Comprehension topics
Topics on comprehension

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