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Book Introductions: Are They Necessary?

Over the past few years, I have heard more and more teachers question the purpose of a book introduction during guiding reading groups. In some cases, teachers have even moved away from providing a book introduction. Teachers are concerned that by providing a book introduction they are "giving away" the book and it appears to …

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Running Records Are Not Pass/Fail

Running Records are an essential component of my day-to-day planning for my students. At times, I hear running records talked about in terms of a student "passing" or "failing". When we put too much emphasis on the accuracy rate and think of running records as "pass/fail," we can not make student-centered decisions about our teaching. …

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