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5 Ways to Make Your Read-alouds Work!

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Reading aloud to kids is an experience that almost everyone who has spent time with children has in common. Whether you’re a veteran teacher or a teenage babysitter, you’ve probably touched the magic that we create when we take the time to read with kids. I’ve had some amazing experiences as a parent and a […]

Banned Books Week 2018: When’s Enough, Enough?

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Celebrate your freedom to read. Read a banned book! That’s right, celebrate your freedom to read. It’s an important freedom, and it’s protected by the First Amendment. Celebrate the right to read which books we choose. Censorship is censorship. There’s a fine line between challenged and banned books. Sometimes it’s fine and, sometimes not. Banned […]

Misguided

There have been numerous education initiatives proposed, adopted, and later left on the side of the road during my teaching and administrative career. Initiatives involve ideas, programs and techniques that often are created, analyzed, and deemed viable options by the individuals farthest away from the students who will be impacted. Teachers are sometimes selected to […]

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 […]

Speed Reading Hacks!

For the first time, maybe ever, I can’t keep up with my reading. My stack of novels grows, but I don’t speed read these. I savor every word. Reading for information is different, I can adjust my rate to match the material, and routinely do so. I find myself reading a mixture of info-text online, […]

My Plans for My Daughter’s Summer Learning

My daughter finished Kindergarten last week. My goal has been to keep her summer as unstructured as possible. I want her to have downtime after her first year of elementary school. I want her to have the mental space to develop and nurture her own interests. I want her to have fun. Which is not […]

3 Reasons to Rethink Your Basal Reader

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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 next year we’ll be hitting the ground running with Writing Workshop and the Units of Study. Also, we’ve begun the process of designing our own […]

Little Red School House Reading Success Recipes

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It seemed so simple back then. One room, a bunch of kids all learning together. Teaching each other. Pretty much the same today, don’t you think? Right now, close your eyes, imagine what it would be like to teach in a no tech one room schoolhouse, with kiddos of all ages and stages. We’ve come […]

3 Tips for Reading Aloud to an Impatient 11-Month-Old

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One day last week, a mom who reads my blog emailed me looking for advice. She said that she had been trying to read aloud to her 11-month-old son, but that she was having a hard time getting him to stay put for the reading sessions. [Image credit: Adazing.com, Inspirational Reading Quotes] I sent her […]

Living Dead Girl: student recommended reading

A chilling tale of dealing with abuse, struggling to stay alive. With a title likeLiving Dead Girl, I had no idea what to expect, but when a student hands me a book and says, “I loved this, you should read it;” I make sure I do. So I dove into the first pages of the […]

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