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??”

The Magic of Game Play

You’re all in for a treat today!! My next guest blogger is someone who I’ve followed on Twitter for a couple years now and continue to be inspired by: Tisha Richmond! Tisha is the author of the best-selling book, Make Learning Magical, which unlocks seven keys to transform teaching and create unforgettable experiences in theContinue reading “The Magic of Game Play”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.“ -Martin Luther King Jr. In the past, I always took this day for granted; I never resonated with the importance and sanctity of it. As a kid, I ignorantly appreciated it because it was aContinue reading “Martin Luther King Jr.”

Unpacking the Science of Reading.

Let me start off by saying I am in NO WAY an expert on the “science of reading”. I’ve been working on this post for a while now to try to ensure I have all my thoughts together! Over the past few months I have tried to read and understand as much as I canContinue reading “Unpacking the Science of Reading.”

Main Character’s To-Do List

One of my favorite things to do as an instructional coach is to create, and provide, teachers with easy-to-implement ideas for their classrooms. This one I was inspired to make after seeing something similar as I was scrolling through Instagram a couple nights ago. I’m the queen of lists; I have lists for my lists.Continue reading “Main Character’s To-Do List”

If you liked Wonder…

Wonder is an incredible book for any grade level; the conversations that start happening while reading the book are so rich and engaging. Plus, the movie also happens to have an all-star cast and would be a great way to celebrate the end of the read aloud! Oftentimes teacher use Wonder as a read aloudContinue reading “If you liked Wonder…”

Elf on the Shelf Classroom Alternative

Ahhh…December 1st…when it’s finally acceptable to blast Christmas music, decorate with as many twinkly lights as possible, and eat your weight in decorated cookies (even though, my Christmas music has been blasting since November 1st)! It’s such a magical time…with one exception…that damn elf. You all know which elf I’m talking about. Now, I amContinue reading “Elf on the Shelf Classroom Alternative”

Remote Learning Tools

I am so excited to share with you all about a new collaboration that I’ve been a part of! Introducing a new collaborative series…. Literacy Chattin’ with Liz!! I’ve paired up with an INCREDIBLE educator from Vermont and founder of Vocabulicious blog, Liz Siracusa! Liz Siracusa currently coaches teachers how to integrate technology into theirContinue reading “Remote Learning Tools”

Top Amazon Finds for Remote Teaching

Amazon finds are always my most popular posts…and lucky for you all…I’m back with my top 10 items to help make remote teaching a little easier!!! Fair warning…none of these are like “couldn’t teach without” type of finds; however, they all bring a smile to my face and make the time sitting in front ofContinue reading “Top Amazon Finds for Remote Teaching”