Reading Teachers: helping students take responsibility & embrace mistakes

In our role as literacy interventionists, we often work with students who are afraid of failure. Many of our students lack a sense of agency because they have experienced repeated failures. " Student agency" can be described as a student taking an active role in his/her learning. When students do not feel a sense of …

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The 4 A’s: Maintaining Positive Relationships as a Literacy Interventionist

"You will need to ask the leaders in your district how you can help support their initiatives. Go to the table with information and a collaborative mindset for optimal relationships in your district."

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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Back to School: Assessing my Tier 3 Students

It was back to school time for me last week.  Back to school for a literacy interventionist often means administering beginning of the year assessments. My job currently consists of spending half of my day with my Reading Recovery students and the other half providing tier 2 and tier 3 literacy academic intervention services for …

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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."

Teaching that Blocks the Path to Strategic Activity

When teaching our young students to read we strive to give them the tools they need to be a "problem-solver".  If our students do not develop independence with problem-solving they can become dependent on us, unmotivated to read, and they are more likely to abandon books in frustration when they encounter difficulties. In this post, …

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From Remember to Create: The Role of Bloom’s Taxonomy in Literacy Teaching

Written by Gen Seven weeks ago our preschooler became a big sister. We had tried our best to prepare her for what a new baby in the house really means: lots of crying and less attention for her. She seemed to understand, but we braced ourselves for tantrums, jealousy, and regression. So, I was pleasantly …

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Running Records 101: The History & How to Score, Code, & Analyze

Learning how to code errors and self-corrections, learning the formulas to calculate the accuracy and self-correction rates and learning how to analyze errors and self-corrections are all a part of running records.  The plethora of running record information available on the Internet can be overwhelming to sift through.  The inconsistencies between the information provided by …

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