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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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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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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The Danish Way of Parenting: Not just for parents

Written by Gen Last year, in preparation for my daughter's toddler years, I started looking for books to prepare myself for the inevitable "terrible twos." That's when I stumbled upon the book, The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids, by Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben …

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Clay’s Observation Survey: A Tool to Guide Early Literacy Teaching

As a Reading Recovery teacher, I use the Observation Survey to help select which students I will be servicing for each round of Reading Recovery.  The Observation Survey is not a tool just for Reading Recovery teachers. The Observation Survey is for teachers who want to be "careful observers" of how children learn to read …

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