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Student Stories: Scott Greenstone

Student Stories: Scott Greenstone

I heard about Baker as an awkward 17-year-old in the middle of an awkward move to Oregon in the middle of my junior year. Baker gave me a path to follow—and, more importantly, breathing space where I didn’t have to panic about getting into the perfect four-year program right away…

Don’t Toss that Book Overboard!

Don’t Toss that Book Overboard!

“Why would I read a book while I have such a busy life to live?  I don’t need books; my life is a living book,” said the man. I recall this conversation vividly as it initially provoked quite a reaction within me as a college student.  As a student of literature, I wanted to defend the value of novels to a professional man who seemed intent on sinking the library’s fiction section into the ocean of irrelevance…

An Interview with Mrs. Tornquist

An Interview with Mrs. Tornquist

Hi, Dawn! Could you please share with our readers a little bit about yourself and about your job at BWA?

I was a lab teacher during the 2017-2018 school year along with a smaller AT caseload. I am excited to be a full-time AT [advisory teacher] next year. I can teach English, business courses, and electives…

What Sound Does The Letter R Really Make?

What Sound Does The Letter R Really Make?

Think right now of the word rabbit. Say it out loud- "rabbit." Now tell me does the sound the letter R says? Does it say /er/ (remember when you see // to say the SOUND of the letters inside)? No it does not…

An Interview with Mrs. Altman

An Interview with Mrs. Altman

Hi!  I'm Shauna Altman!  I live with my family in Pendleton, Oregon, and I'm part of the Eastern Region at Baker Web Academy.  I am the writing/language arts teacher for 6th grade students that are part of our "Choice Program." That is, students and their parents choose the textbooks that are the best fit for them.  I also teach elementary technology and middle school digital learning, and I plan to start teaching…

My Kid Knows Phonics, But Is Not Reading! What's Going On?

My Kid Knows Phonics, But Is Not Reading! What's Going On?

I get this A LOT from parents, and occasionally even from a few teachers. The first thing I do is some assessments (or talk to the parent) to see exactly where the problem lies, and almost every single time it is the same problem-there are pieces missing in their phonics knowledge.

Phonics is not just learning the sound that individual letters make, but also the sound made by a combination of letters….

Who Knew?

Who Knew?

My 6th-grade child piped up one day and said “I want to go to Baker,” meaning Baker Charter School that his longtime school friend enrolled in.  I, as a busy working mother of two active teenagers, responded with, “No, we are not going to homeschool.” As the year passed, and another year began again, my son said, “I want to go to Baker.” And I responded again with…