Tag Archives: reading

News 

   A new day  Arrives on the lush green grass Fresh off the press Damp from water we do not have enough of here in Southern California. Headlines Blurred lines What matters? What’s important? If I am uncertain an editor … Continue reading

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Reading Non-Fiction with Power

I’ve spent some time thinking about how to help students read informational text.  If you’re an educator, you have too.  I’ve gathered a lot of strategies across years to further this effort. This is difficult work because often children want … Continue reading

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No More Sound it Out

We’re working as a school on improving our ability to grow students as readers. One of the ways we are doing this is by pulling students into small groups each day and reading with them. We use books that are … Continue reading

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What is Reading?

Seriously.  Can we talk? Get ready because there just may be a rant brewing. Sometimes people who teach children to read will say things. And those things offend. Not because they’re intended to do so. Definitely not. Teachers are amazing … Continue reading

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Main Idea . . . Think about it.

Today I shared a couple of simple strategies for helping students understand how to take in informational text.  It involves breaking down information into manageable bits.  I used to think students should be able to find the main idea easily. … Continue reading

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Doctors & Distractions

I considered calling out. “Hello, This is me. I’m doing well, so I’m not coming okay?” No. I wanted to hear it from him. The surgeon who had less than four weeks ago cut my body and removed an offending … Continue reading

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Text + Questioning = Critical Literacy

This morning I had opportunity to be in classrooms working with 3rd and 4th-grade students on reading a visual text. (I played a video.) I was aiming to set them up to do some critical reading work. I wanted to point … Continue reading

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