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Reading IS the Best Intervention
by Laura Robb Each year, education publishers, promote programs that offer guarantees for boosting reading scores and transforming striving readers into students who read well and widely. These programs require total fidelity from teachers if students are to show progress on assessments. The problem is in order to show progress, most program...
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The Fearlessness of Squirrels
By Lester Laminack One morning at breakfast I noticed Steve, with coffee mug in midair, staring through the windows into the woods behind our house. I sat quietly watching him for a moment. Then, without shifting his gaze, he spoke aloud. "I'm so impressed by the fearlessness of squirrels. They just run to the end of the branch and leap w...
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There's Power in the Reflective Reader and Writer
By Cameron Carter As teachers, we make thousands of decisions a day. We often reflect on these decisions and wonder, "Was the decision I made the right one?"; or "How could I have done things differently?"; We continually question ourselves in order to grow. Just as we model what we teach to students, it is imperative to model how to be ...
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Helping Students Find Their Voice In A World That Really Needs Them
By Gary Armida As an English Teacher, I believe that the single most important thing we can do for our students is to arm them with the skills to use their voice to make a difference in the world. It is difficult in today's world where kids are constantly being told that they are too addicted to their technology, they are lazy, and they are...
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Teaching Reading is an Art as well as a Science
Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D. Kent State University "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."; Albert Einstein "I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning."; Plato "Art has the me...
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The Literacy Principle
To develop students' reading proficiency and motivation to read, we need to make daily teacher read alouds, instructional and independent reading, and writing about reading the core of ELA classes. There is no quick fix for the reading challenges faced by many schools, but we live in a time when the allure of a quick fix can be very strong. M...
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Reading Marries Writing!
By Ellin Keene It's a bright autumn morning in your elementary or middle school classroom, early in the year, so much ahead-nothing quite like those early days of promise. Literacy is first up for the day. You present a short mini-lesson (keep it snappy!) in reading and hustle the children off to read independently. You feel that it has taken...
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THE SECRET TO GREAT DISCUSSIONS
Breathe in, Hold for 10, and Try These 5 Techniques that Ensure Students Do the Talking by Laura Robb We all know the statistics and, well, we talk right over them! Teachers do far too much talking in the course of the day, and students do far too little. I don't say that to teacher-bash, but rather as a way to invite you to hit the paus...
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Book Abandoners
By: Jen Serravallo Last fall, about a month into the school year, a reading specialist emailed me for help with a very common problem. I wrote back to her directly but realized that because what she asks about is so common, perhaps more would like to spy on our exchange and think about their own classrooms. I wish you a wonderful start to the...
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The Traditional Read Aloud: Let's Flip It!
By Lester Laminack Enjoy, as Lester guides you from teacher-centered to student-centered teacher read alouds! When you reach the end of an article, a story, or a book do you reach for your notebook to answer a set of questions written by someone else? Do you feel that your understanding of what you have read, your worth as a reader, hinges...
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