Most Valued Virtual Resources: Teaching Reading Groups or 1:1 Reading Lessons

Like many other educators, being thrown into the world of virtual teaching sent me on a roller coaster of emotions. Teaching in "emergency mode" and making sure that my own two children were doing okay emotionally and academically was challenging to say the least. Now that the school year has come to an end and …

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The Power of Using Writing to Enhance Reading

Throughout the years, educators have wondered whether students should be taught to read first or to write first.  In the past, some educators have viewed writing as something that is taught to students after they learn letter sounds and after they learn words.  Currently, many educators take the stance that the biggest impact on literacy can …

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Worthwhile Professional Learning Opportunity

A while back we posted on the importance of making professional learning a priority.  Sometimes we have to seek our own worthwhile professional learning opportunities. We would like to take a quick minute to share about a conference coming up this month that we feel provides professional learning that you won't want to pass up.  …

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Planning for Writing About Reading

Starting from Kindergarten we can teach students how to think deeply about books and record their thinking.  In Kindergarten and first grade students begin by recording their thinking with pictures.  Talking and writing about reading though pictures eventually leads to conventional writing about reading.  Fountas and Pinnell (2006) write that "writing increases readers' engagement with …

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The Basics of Interactive Writing

Interactive writing is a great way to teach, model, and share an authentic writing task with a k-2 classroom community. Through interactive writing, students learn how print works and become problem solvers. The teacher is able to model and teach the students something that they can try during the interactive writing process or when they …

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RTI: A Work in Progress

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered system of support that was created to provide students the academic support they need.  In theory, RTI would decrease the number of students misidentified for special education services, provide students with the support they need before they fail, and provide students with high-quality differentiated classroom instruction/interventions.  Although RTI …

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Have We Gone Intervention Crazy?

In our zeal to support all students in reaching grade-level goals and passing state tests, we may have lost sight of what the most important activities students should engage in while at school.  We have increased the amount of test prep activities, increased the number of assessments given and even increased the number of students …

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