My son is finishing up his first year in public school. We started the year in Illinois with an incredible kindergarten teacher that ensured all the students had a fun and safe transition into their school career, all while navigating remote learning. Then, in the middle of the year, we moved to New Mexico whereContinue reading “Tackling Long Words Part-by-Part”
Category Archives: reading strategies
Supporting Our Upper Level Readers
So often we’re so focused on those sweet students in our class that struggle. They take up so much of our minds and hearts. We think about them at night, on the weekends, during our own kids’ soccer practices…constantly. We think about what else we can do for them to help them become successful. WeContinue reading “Supporting Our Upper Level Readers”
Are you in a Reading Slump??
Reading slumps are totally real. I’ve experienced it firsthand; I do really well for a period of time, consuming book after book. I bring stacks home from school and devour them while watching tv with my kids. Then, on the flipside, life gets too busy sometimes and I can’t even imagine having the time toContinue reading “Are you in a Reading Slump??”
Close Reading Resources
The idea of a close read isn’t new. It’s been around for a while, but yet there are so many different interpretations of what it actually entails. CCSS came out about 10 years ago, and the idea of close reads blew up! At the end of my post I have a FREE downloadable bundle ofContinue reading “Close Reading Resources”
Is guided reading working??
Alright friends, you may want to sit down for this one… Ready?? I think we need to take a break from guided reading…. I know, I know…huge, unpopular opinion. And now if you’ve worked with me in the past, you know what a huge believer I’ve been in guided reading. However, over the past fewContinue reading “Is guided reading working??”
Has leveling gone too far?
I recently came across this article from the School Library Journal and to hear Fountas and Pinnell themselves confirm some of the thoughts I’ve had about leveling recently, was reaffirming to me. If any of you know me in real life, you know how big a proponent I am of Fountas and Pinnell and theirContinue reading “Has leveling gone too far?”
Back to Basics: 6 Reading Strategies
Our new way of teaching has us going back to basics in a lot of ways. Lessons we used to teach in the classroom are now taking twice as long through a screen. In addition to building relationships with students through Zoom, answering constant emails, and keeping a pulse on our mental health, teachers areContinue reading “Back to Basics: 6 Reading Strategies”