Literacy

Reading Success Secrets That Make a Difference!

Raising readers is a joy forever! Our mission is sure, no matter how we get there. There’s not a pony in every yard anymore. Imagine how many kids learned to read with Dick and Jane readers, life was different in those stories, couple sight words and colorful pictures on a page, and there you go. […]

World Literacy Day 2018: Now What?

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THIS. I read that 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills. One in five adults, two thirds of them, women. Not so bad, or staggering, depending on our perspective. Sobering, 60.7 million children are out of school and more drop out. Is this acceptable?As a nation of readers, we believe that the joy of reading […]

Do Kids Have A Fundamental Right to Literacy?

Michigan Judge Stephen Murphy III recently ruled children do not have a fundamental right to learn to read and write. This long lasting, far reaching decision responded to a lawsuit filed in 2016 by Public Counsel, for plaintiffs, students in five of Detroit’s most poorly performing schools, including public and charter. The case was called […]

Yes, Graphic Novels Are Real Books

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I’ve had a couple of parents approach me recently with questions akin to: “How do I get my child to read something else besides graphic novel? I want him to read real chapter books.” To which I say: “Why do you need to do this?” If your child is reading graphic novels, then he is […]

Teaching Littlest Kids To Read, Or Not?

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Littles say the funniest things. The other day I asked “What’s your Mommy’s name?” Reply- Mommy.” Get what you ask for, right? Childhood is a precious time. What’s the rush? I’m back at school, year two, one week in, hired under a Literacy Grant, a good thing and not so good. What’s great is I […]

Tips For Imaginative Educators #14: Engage the Literate Eye

Whether early or accomplished readers, if your students read, then their emotions and imaginations can be evoked when they engage the “literate eye”. Add this to your cognitive toolkit: literate students learn better when they have opportunities to work with information in different visual formats. So, encourage your students to play with graphs, charts, tables, […]

Book Speed Dating

As a proponent of choice reading, I am always looking for ways to get books into the hands of my students and have them build their reading list, and what better way to celebrate Valentine’s week than having your students speed date books? Inspired by the speed dating scene in New York where single people […]

Tips For Imaginative Educators #8: Identify The Heroic

The world is full of heroes. Some of our heroes are peoplethat exemplify qualities such as ingenuity, flexibility, agility, determination, or reliability. For example, we are impressed bytheextraordinary speed and strength of basketball playerLebron James, or theextraordinary agility and accuracy of soccer player LionelMessi. We are awestruck by the perceptiveness and intelligenceof scientist Marie Curie. […]

Storycasting with Reading Comprehension Strategies

In the last post we examined how my district is exploring the use ofconsistent reading strategies throughout elementary and middle school (grades K-8): monitoring comprehension, activating and connecting to background knowledge, questioning, visualizing, inferring, determining importance in text, and summarizing and synthesizing information…And, we took a look at how we could leverage the Notice & […]

Two Huge Reasons to Emphasize Consistent Reading Comprehension Strategies

Currently in my district at the elementary level, we are in the process of strategically moving away from our basal reading program. We’ve already “cut out” its writing component, as this year we’re hitting the ground running with Writing Workshop and the Units of Study. Also, we’ve begun the process of designing our own reading […]

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