Independent Reading: The Necessities

If you read my last post you know that I just finished reading No More Independent Reading Without Support, written by Debbie Miller and Barbara Moss. I highly recommend this book to anybody that wants to understand more about why independent reading is important, why we can not simply have independent reading without explicit teaching, …

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Independent Reading: The Basics

I recently had the pleasure of reading No More Independent Reading Without Support, from the Not this, But That series, written by Debbie Miller and Barbara Moss. One thing that really stood out to me about this book is the powerful punch it packs in just 87 pages. The focus of this post is on …

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Running Records: Frequently Asked Questions

While browsing through various literacy Facebook Groups I have noticed similar questions asked about running records.   I started gathering questions so that I could eventually address them all in one post. The answers I have provided come from my trusted sources: Marie Clay (the creator of running records) and Fountas & Pinnell (who provide us …

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Voice and Choice: ‘The Book Whisperer’ Advises on How to Build a Child’s Ownership of Reading

Written by Gen & Rhonda Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild, inspired over 1,600 attendees at the 2018 Literacy For All Conference as the keynote speaker on October 29, 2018. She is an award-winning teacher, author, and staff development leader who has years of teaching experience in fourth through sixth grade language …

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Teaching for Comprehending During Guided Reading

Here is some food for thought, “Comprehending is an active, meaning-making process, not simply an isolated outcome or product after reading” (Fountas & Pinnell, 2017, p. 469). It is important that we do not fall into the trap of asking a list of questions after a child reads a book and think that is sufficient …

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Tips for Improving Guided Reading Lessons

Guided reading is an important component of a balanced literacy framework.  The other components consist of shared reading, interactive read aloud, book clubs, reading mini-lessons, and independent reading with reading conferences.   Powerful reading instruction should be offered in a variety of settings and provide students with multiple opportunities to engage in high-quality texts.  There should …

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“Suriously?…Just Sayin’”: YouTube Sensation & Educator Advocate, Gerry Brooks, Visits Western New York

"Come to terms with the fact that you will not be able to change someone else's personality. Whoever they are, they are a product of their unique set of lifetime experiences. Trying to change the personalities of the people around you will be stressful-don't do it! Instead, seek to understand what makes those around you tick and change how you respond to those personalities."