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Lessons Learned: Reflections on a Remarkable Year

When staring into a pool of still, clear water, the reflected image is sharp, almost perfect. When the water is disturbed, the reflection is still there, but it is distorted, no longer a perfect copy. Our water has been disturbed. For some of us, in the most violent way. Our year has resembled past school …

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English Language Learners: Supporting Comprehension During Literacy Intervention

As mentioned in my previous post, when planning reading intervention lessons for English Language Learners (ELLs) deep analysis of their running records is required to examine language-related errors versus literacy-related errors.  Noticing and understanding language-related errors helps teachers scaffold their teaching in order to support students with building their oral vocabulary and expanding their knowledge …

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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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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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Reading Support for Students Who Struggle with Social/Emotional Skills

Often I work with students who struggle with regulating their emotions and with being socially appropriate. Students who have weak social/emotional skills will sometimes start to lag behind their peers academically because their behavior impedes their ability to learn. It is vital that these students receive support to help them develop appropriate behavioral skills.  Although …

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Help! My Student is Not Progressing with Reading!

Sometimes, whether we are the classroom teacher or the reading interventionist, we come to a point with a student where we are stuck.  We notice from our data that the student has plateaued.  We panic a bit and think, "what do I do now?"   Whenever I face this struggle I have a few go-to strategies …

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100 Positive Experiences: Experience #4 Tips for Improving your Listening Skills as a Literacy Coach

When we enter into a coaching situation it is important that we consciously block out the the thoughts running through our mind.  It is easy for our mind to start to wander and think about: our mile long to do list observations from the classroom we just visited what we are going to say during our …

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Reading Recovery: Organizing Paperwork

As Reading Recovery teachers we have a significant amount of paperwork to keep organized.  When we keep our paperwork organized and up-to-date we are better able to use what we know about our students to effectively plan future lessons. To help myself start out the new school year organized I follow my Reading Recovery beginning …

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100 Positive Experiences: Experience #2 Work harder than the teacher

Written by Gen This one might make you feel indignant. You work hard. Who am I to tell you to work harder? This positive experience isn't about you, it's about the classroom teacher's trust in you. Let's face it, most of the time literacy coaches do not face the same pressures as classroom teachers. Days …

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