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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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Cross-checking Sources of Information

Literacy Pages: The Series presents the fifth post in an 8-post series related to Reading Recovery and Teaching with Discontinuation in Mind from Early Lessons. Cross-checking is the behavior in which a student checks one or more sources of information against each other. The act of cross-checking can lead to a self-correction in which all …

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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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25 Ways to Build Positive Relationships with Students

As literacy specialists, we often work with a student or students who have some "tricky" behaviors that interfere with learning.  It is important to build positive relationships with all of the students we work especially those students who have particularly challenging behaviors. Relationship building should be worked on diligently from the earliest interactions. These students …

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LLI: How to use the Literacy Continuum for Power Planning

If you don't have access to The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum: A Tool for Assessment, Planning and Teaching K-8 I highly recommend that you get yourself a copy.  My Literacy Continuum is an invaluable resource that I use for planning daily.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on the expanded edition when my school …

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The Six Dimensions of Fluency

"Reading fluency is a product-an outcome of a reader's integration or orchestration of strategic actions.  It's much more than automatic word recognition, although that is one contributor.  But it is also a process.  Reading fluency itself fuels the reading system because it enables the reader to make maximum use of all the information he has-oral …

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Literacy Intervention: Creating Positive Reading Memories With our Students

I have a confession to make... I absolutely love to read.  Okay, I guess a reading teacher who loves to read isn't so surprising.  I have loved reading for as long as I can remember.  As a child, my parents were constantly reminding me to put my book away at the dinner table or to …

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