100 Positive Experiences: Experience #6; Spend time in the right places

Written by Gen Many of these positive experiences have to do with perception. This one is no different. Coaches have a lot of flexibility when it comes to time and schedules. This fact may open you up to some extra scrutiny from teachers who have unrelenting jam-packed schedules. A positive perception of how you spend …

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The Power of Shared Reading for English Language Learners

I have recently had the pleasure of working with a beautiful little girl who moved from Puerto Rico to the United States almost 3 months ago.  She is able to read and write on-grade level in her native language and appears eager to read.  When I see her with her classmates she is not interacting …

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Kindergarten Letter Knowledge: Predictor of Future At-Risk Readers

According to Richard Allington's article What At-Risk Readers Need "the one-third of entering kindergartners who don't know all their letter names are likely to become the one-third of 4th graders reading below the basic level." Explicit teaching of letters is a necessity for students who enter Kindergarten with low letter name knowledge.  Kindergarten Teachers should …

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Let’s Talk Self Extending Systems: 2018 Reading Recovery Goals

My Continuing Contact colleagues and I have been reading Marie Clay's 2nd edition of Literacy Lessons Designed for Individuals.  While I was reading chapter 5:  Reading continuous texts, whole stories, and information books I was struck by how important it is for Reading Recovery teachers to return to their guidebook over and over again.  LLDI is …

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“Fitting in” Multiple Read Alouds Daily

Research has shown the positive impacts of read-alouds on students of any age.  When teaching at the primary level I had a goal to expose my students to multiple read-alouds daily.  Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of the benefits of reading aloud to your students: Increases vocabulary Promotes comprehension Instills a love for literature Provides a …

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Will Scripted Programs Ever Die?

The following post was inspired by two thought-provoking blog posts that I highly recommend: Re-envisioning Professional Roadblocks as Opportunities for Success written by Dr. Mary Howard and Roman Nowak The Reading Teacher - Teach Readers, Not Programs.  written by Laura Robb Sometimes I feel disheartened about what I see happening in literacy education.  I question whether some of …

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Puzzling Readers: The Power of Collaboration

I have a student who has been a real puzzle to me.  I will refer to him as Jack.  While reading patterned texts during roaming and our first few weeks of lessons I observed some exciting learning happening. Jack learned a few words (with some lapses). Known letters increased from 8 to 36. Known sounds increased …

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100 Positive Experiences: Experience #5, build relationships

A number one priority for literacy coaches is to build strong trusting relationships.  Just like with our students we have to take the time to get to know the teachers we work with to best collaborate with them.  Here are some of the strategies I have used to help in building and strengthening relationships with …

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