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For New Mexico Teachers, By New Mexico Teachers: Announcing FREE K-6 Literacy Lessons

For New Mexico Teachers, By New Mexico Teachers: Announcing FREE K-6 Literacy Lessons

We are proud to announce the statewide release of new early literacy instructional resources.  Nearly 40 close reading lessons were developed by some of New Mexico’s best early literacy teachers and are now available open-source to all. 

The New Mexico Dream Team has crafted K-6 English Language Arts “close reading modules” over the last six months.  These instructional resources will assist fellow teachers and school leaders in their instructional delivery.  Both celebration of and collaboration in the craft of instructional planning, the Dream Team drew upon their classroom experience in designing concise, high-quality “screencasts” and supporting materials with the assistance of content coaches and online tools. 

During in-person workshops and through ongoing virtual collaboration sessions, Dream Team members:

  • Engaged in a hands-on learning opportunity that invigorated their instructional practice and honed their leadership and facilitation skills
  • Collaborated with their coaching groups to develop close reading lessons that engage students in productive struggle, thus giving students practice with complex texts
  • Prepared to lead professional learning sessions focused on close reading of complex texts

Nearly forty modules have been developed BY NEW MEXICO TEACHERS FOR NEW MEXICO TEACHERS.  They are now available to all New Mexico teachers, for free! 

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FREE CLOSE READING LESSONS 

If you know a Dream Team member, please express your appreciation for their contributions to the state’s early literacy work.  These open source close reading modules and lessons will help improve student literacy statewide in the years to come. 

To learn more about the Dream Team experience, check out this guest post from Dream Team member, Deanna Walker.

Free New Mexico Magazine Subscription for Teachers and Our Students

Free New Mexico Magazine Subscription for Teachers and Our Students

Great news! New Mexico Magazine just launched a program called Subscriptions for Students. With this offer any New Mexico teacher can request a free subscription for their class.

Rachel Dennis, a history teacher at Jackson Middle School in Albuquerque has shared this guest post about how she has used this program in her classroom. Enjoy!

I love teaching and I love New Mexico! Both things I carry on from my mom, a retired APS teacher, who just so happened to be my 7th grade New Mexico history teacher. When I was younger, we spent weekends as a family traveling around the state checking out all the wonderful and unique places New Mexico has to offer.

When I started teaching New Mexico history 9 years ago it amazed me how many of my students had never explored their state, let alone even been outside of Albuquerque. This realization is where New Mexico Magazine really got its initial appeal, and why I’ve been so excited to be a pilot class for the new Subscriptions for Students Program. Now that my students have their own copies of the magazine, they love looking at the pictures of the people, places and art that we are studying and are surprised to see how these wonderful things are right in their own backyard. The images were the initial grab to get the students’ attention, but what I’ve found is that the articles they are reading in the magazine can be so easily tied into our curriculum and standards.

As a school this year we really wanted to focus on informational text, and New Mexico Magazine lends the most perfect pieces of writing for my students to analyze. We do a monthly (at least) assignment with the articles, marking the text using AVID strategies, analyzing author’s purpose and looking at cause and effect pieces of the stories.

I am so grateful to New Mexico Magazine for providing each of my students with a monthly subscription! The magazine is influencing their lives and has added a new level to my teaching. I am proud to be piloting the Subscriptions for Students Program. I love that I am able to bring the community into my classroom and share it with the students, who can then share with their families as well! I plan to continue to utilize the magazine in my curriculum to help further their reading, writing and analysis skills.

I strongly encourage all my fellow teachers to adopt and use this program in their classrooms! I really want to see this program succeed, not only so I can keep using this as a tool in my classroom for years to come, but to share the success with lots of other students in our state!

To request the Subscriptions for Students Program for your class, send an email to circ@nmmagazine.com or call 505-827-6387.