The Meaning of Reading

"We begin to look for mastery of skills and are still left scratching our heads about why our readers aren't performing at higher levels."

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Reading Recovery Made Me a Better Classroom Teacher

After a few years of being a Reading Recovery teacher and Literacy Coach, I was told that due to federal funding cuts my district was reducing our Reading Recovery staff by one teacher.  I was notified that I would be returning back to the classroom and back to 2nd grade. I was a bit crushed …

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Reading Recovery Works: Spread the Word

We seem to be going through a time where heavy phonics instruction and skill and drill teaching practices are taking over.  The importance of making all interactions with books meaningful and enjoyable and using research-proven interventions are going by the wayside. We need to make the power of Reading Recovery and its complex theory of …

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Make Professional Learning a Priority @StenhousePub #litessentials

Teachers attend a multitude of meetings each school year some of which include: Faculty meetings Professional Learning Communitunity meetings Support Team Meetings Professional Development sessions Conferences Grade level/Content area meetings Despite the many meetings, there doesn't seem to be a lot of time designated to digging in deep and learning with our colleagues.  Regie Routman, …

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How to Inspire a Love for Learning @StenhousePub #litessentials

I am excited to be participating in Reading By Example's Summer book club on Literacy Essentials:  Engagement, Excellence, and Equity for All Learners by Regie Routman.  I have already read the first two posts: How do we Create a Community of Readers Agency in the Classroom Both posts are thought-provoking and well worth reading. If …

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Self-Monitoring: Who’s Finding the Errors?

Students who are reading below grade level commonly struggle with self-monitoring their own reading.  They read along not cross-checking one type of information against another and are oblivious to the errors they have made. It is essential that we teach for self-monitoring to help students notice their incorrect responses starting with the very earliest levels. …

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Predictions of Progress: Do They Make a Difference?

Earlier in the year I reflected on my Reading Recovery teaching practices and identified a goal of working with intention toward helping my students to develop a self-extending system.  I knew that in order to do justice to this goal I had to dedicate regularly scheduled time to look through my running records, lessons records, …

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Support for Literacy/Instructional Coaches

Literacy/Instructional coaching is very rewarding and also hard work. There will be days where you will feel on top of the world because you made a breakthrough with a particular teacher.  Then there will be other days where you feel so frustrated that you just want to go home and bury your head under your pillow. Coaches …

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