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This profile was last updated on 12/1/03  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Fifth Grade Teacher
    E. E. Miller Elementary School
  • Teacher


  • Master's Degree , Elementary Education
39 Total References
Web References
Education World ® Professional Development Center: Reading Response Journals: Writing After Reading Is Revealing!, 1 Dec 2003 [cached]
"I use reading response journals in a variety of ways as a part of our literature circles," explained Laura Candler, a fifth grade teacher at E. E. Miller Elementary School in Fayetteville, Noreth Carolina, and webmaster of Teaching Resources and Candler Kids.
About once a week, just before the literature circle meeting date, Candler has her students write a full response to the book they are reading.They choose a fiction or nonfiction prompt based on the material they are reading, and they are free to select any prompt or make up their own.
Journaling Advice
A strong believer in the value of reading response journals, Laura Candler has these suggestions for teachers who are starting to use them in the classroom:
Think of journals from the student's point of view.
"When we gather for our meeting, each student reads his or her entry, and the rest of the group comments on what was written," reported Candler.
Candler is careful not to overdo the use of journals.She wants the students to enjoy their reading, and using journals everyday can make them dread the writing.Collection of the journals usually takes place when the class finishes a literature circle book, and Candler makes comments about what the students have written.Through journals, she gains insight into her students' character as well as what they are thinking about the book they are reading.
"In a recent literature circle, the students were reading The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith, a wonderful book about a boy whose grandfather comes to live with his family," recalled Candler.
Authors - Brigaintine Media, 22 Sept 2012 [cached]
Laura Candler
Author of Laura Candler's Power Reading Workshop
Laura Candler is a teacher with 29 years of classroom experience in grades 4 through 6. She has a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist, and was a Milken Family Foundation Award winner in 2000. Brigantine Media's educational imprint, Compass, plans to publish two new books by Laura Candler this year, one on graphic organizers, and the other on mastering math facts.
North Carolina's Milken Recipients Travel to Los Angeles to Receive Awards, 13 June 2001 [cached]
North Carolina's 2000 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award recipients Cheryl Smith, Maria Petrea, Patsy Higdon and Laura Candler will be traveling to Los Angeles, California, later this month to attend the 2001 Milken National Education Conference and receive their $25,000 unrestricted financial awards.
Smith, a third grade teacher at Elizabethtown Primary School (Bladen County Schools); Petrea, principal of Collinswood Elementary School (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools); Higdon, principal of Weaverville Primary School (Buncombe County Schools), and Candler, a fifth grade teacher at E.E. Miller Elementary School (Cumberland County Schools) received the Milken Award last October during a series of surprise notifications by State Superintendent Mike Ward and a representative from the Milken Family Foundation.
Vital Knowledge Software Inc. - Teacher's Corner - Vital Picks Archives, 16 May 2001 [cached]
Profile: Mrs. Laura Candler, E. E. Miller Elementary School , Fayetteville, NC
Mrs. Candler and her students have created and maintain a fun, graphically enriched web site. Like an increasing number of teachers, she has quickly taken advantage of the new opportunities information technology offers. In doing so she helps her children to prepare for the challenges technology presents for the future.
We are thus proud to present today's Vital Educator Award to Mrs. Laura Candler.
Education World® : Web Wizard, 5 Nov 2001 [cached]
Web site creator: Laura Candler, E. E. Miller Elementary School, Fayetteville, North Carolina
"Over the years I've created many blackline activity masters for my classroom," fifth-grade teacher Laura Candler told Education World. "I created my Web site as a way of sharing the activities and ideas with other teachers outside my district."
Candler, a Milken Educator Award winner, mom, and 20-year teaching veteran, loves exchanging ideas with other educators. When she learned how to create her activity sheets as Adobe Acrobat PDF files, she became intrigued with the idea of creating an online file cabinet of her favorite activities.
"The purpose of the site is to offer helpful teaching strategies and to save teachers time," Candler explained. "When I make up a new activity sheet or graphic organizer, I immediately wonder if other teachers might find it to be useful, too. If so, I add it to the file cabinet.
"Another purpose of the site," Candler continued, "is to promote the use of cooperative learning strategies in the classroom. I'm constantly trying to promote these techniques because I believe in them and I know they work."
The File Cabinet section of Candler's Web site contains hundreds of formatted blackline masters. These include her favorite activity sheets, graphic organizers, cooperative learning strategies, and management tools. Literary Lessons offers ideas for implementing literature circles in the classroom. The Book Shelf provides free sample activities taken from books written by Candler that utilize Dr. Spencer Kagan's model of cooperative learning.
Candler receives a constant flow of e-mail from educators who have borrowed from her site. "I love to hear from teachers who have implemented a strategy and found it to be successful," she said. She hopes to add more materials as she creates them for her classroom. Visitors who subscribe to her Teaching Resources Update List receive notification when the site is updated.
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