Finding Time for Daily Read Alouds

Reading aloud to students of any age is beneficial in many ways.  Here is a non-exhaustive list of the benefits of reading aloud to students: Increases vocabulary Promotes comprehension Instills a love for literature Provides a shared experience that builds classroom community Incites conversation Exposes students to more complex language structures than they are able to …

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Scripted Programs: NOT a “Quick Fix”

The following post was inspired by two thought-provoking blog posts that I highly recommend you drop everything and read: 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.  …

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Reading Recovery: The Power of Collaboration

When working with the most struggling readers it is not uncommon for us to come across a student that is a bit puzzling.  I currently have a student who plateaued in his progress a few weeks after roaming.  During roaming and our first few weeks of lessons, I observed some exciting learning happening from my …

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100 Positive Experiences: Experience #5, How to Build Relationships with Teachers

The 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 with building and strengthening relationships with …

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