Top 5 Reading Room Organizational Tips

Not only do I love to read, but I also love to organize spaces. There are some nice perks that come along with being organized.  Keeping my classroom organized is a time saver and lifts my mood.  An organized space makes me feel happy, calm, and less overwhelmed.  As much as I love to organize …

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8 Thoughts of Thanksgiving 

We want to take some time to pause during the start of this hectic holiday season and reflect on how grateful we are for so many things in our professional lives. Knowledgeable Teacher Leaders The greatest resource to a teacher trained in Reading Recovery is the teacher leader. We have been honored to be trained …

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LLI: How to use the Literacy Continuum for Power Planning

If you don't have access to The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum: A Tool for Assessment, Planning and Teaching K-8 I highly recommend that you get yourself a copy.  My Literacy Continuum is an invaluable resource that I use for planning daily.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on the expanded edition when my school …

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The Six Dimensions of Fluency

"Reading fluency is a product-an outcome of a reader's integration or orchestration of strategic actions.  It's much more than automatic word recognition, although that is one contributor.  But it is also a process.  Reading fluency itself fuels the reading system because it enables the reader to make maximum use of all the information he has-oral …

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Literacy Intervention: Creating Positive Reading Memories With our Students

I have a confession to make... I absolutely love to read.  Okay, I guess a reading teacher who loves to read isn't so surprising.  I have loved reading for as long as I can remember.  As a child, my parents were constantly reminding me to put my book away at the dinner table or to …

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Limitations of the Deficit Model

Written by Gen With all the rhetoric swirling around in the education world regarding test scores, accountability, and rigor, making sound instructional decisions can be confusing. It can be helpful to take time to frame your thinking regarding the end goal of your literacy instruction by asking yourself these questions: What is most important for …

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Mistakes I Have Made as a Reading Teacher

Although all reading teachers want the best for their struggling students they may not always be following best practices.   One reason that I have made certain ineffective teaching decisions, as a reading teacher, is that I can only do what I know.  I have come to see how extremely important it is that we have …

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