reading comprehension

Taking Another Look at Reading Fluency. Valentine’s Gift!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I know it’s a little early, but getting close. So bringing you a special gift today, re-visiting how to help kids become capable, confident readers. Like anything else, everything starts somewhere, and I’m suggesting that more knowledge of foundational skills is critical to reading success, schoolhouse and home. Fluency is a big […]

Easy Peasy Comprehension Builders and Boosters!

Happy Back-To-School 2019! I’m so excited for you! Just in time, sharing some of my favorite strategies, time-tested ways to build kids’ understanding when they read. Snap! These hacks work. What do ‘good’ readers do? Comprehension is the goal of all reading.  Children make sense of their world through discovery. Meeting new friends, taking trips […]

Here’s My Reading Comprehension Journey…

Child reading

This will be the fourth and final part of what has turned into an unintentional series of posts on reading comprehension and close reading. Here is what we have covered so far: Part 1: 3 Reasons to Rethink Your Basal Reader Part 2: 2 Huge Reasons to Emphasize Consistent Reading Comprehension Strategies Part 3: Storycasting […]

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 […]

When Teachers Want Professional Development Hours


A few weeks ago I was notified that a couple of teachers were looking to engage in a book study as part of their required yearly professional development hours. These teachers wanted a book recommendation… Yes, some argue there are several problems with an hours-based approach to professional development. However, in this instance, I believe […]

Creating World Class Readers And Scholars, Why Not?


Our littlest just asked me if I could stop writing and be with her and mama during story time. She is newly five, a leftie and has the basics of reading, writing and counting. We play school a lot and she is also frequently a librarian. Every “lesson” revolves around books. But not all kids […]

Literature Circles – Are Role Sheets a Necessary Evil?


In a recent article for Edutopia – (Almost) Paperless Literature Circles – I wrote about how I facilitated this process as a fourth grade teacher. The Problem An earlier draft of this article focused primarily on the predetermined jobs/role sheets students completed on a weekly basis: connector, passage picker, wonderer, predictor, etc. Upon reviewing this […]

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