Each year for the past nineteen years, the International Reading Association has published a list of What’s Hot and What’s Not in literacy education in their magazine, Reading Today. The list … Continue Reading Creative Writing is Not Hot
I’m consulting in a local school today where I’ve been working with the staff since August rolling-out interactive read aloud. Every two months the interactive read aloud text set reflects … Continue Reading Reading Aloud Builds Better Writers
Taking Kristi Mraz‘s chart-making course at the July Writing Institute was so helpful to me. Kristi really got me thinking about having a take away item (made with a post-it … Continue Reading Interactive Charts
Tomorrow morning in Reading Workshop, I’ll be teaching a lesson with the following teaching point: Readers keep track of who is speaking in a text, regardless of whether or not … Continue Reading Follow the Dialogue
Barbara J. Walker, President of the International Reading Association, wrote an open letter to President Obama in the February/March 2009 Issue of Reading Today, which I received in yesterday’s mail. … Continue Reading The Keys to Effective Instruction
I’ve blogged a bit about the upcoming election. Tonight’s final Presidential Debate will most likely focus on the economy (Rightfully so considering the DJII’s 733 point drop, the fact that … Continue Reading Where do they stand?
I just received the September 2008 Issue of The Reading Teacher. It’s already accumulating sticky notes, tabs, and dog-ears since it’s packed with a wealth of information. There’s an article … Continue Reading Article About Characters Who Write
I decided to transfer my old, messy, and incomplete book list that I kept on my Wiki to a GooglePages Website. I think I managed to record every single book … Continue Reading My Book List Page Is FINALLY Complete!
Not literally, but I’m transporting my kids there through read alouds and through a PowerPoint Presentation I created of various neighborhoods and landmarks in Manhattan. The books we’re reading today, … Continue Reading We’re going to Manhattan today!
My copy of Number the Stars Originally uploaded by teachergal I cried in front of my class today. And no, they didn’t torture me or each other to the point … Continue Reading SOLSC: Crying in Front of My Class
The Soldiers Are Everywhere Originally uploaded by teachergal We’re reading Number the Stars in Interactive Read Aloud right now. The kids love the book, even though they’re disgusted with the … Continue Reading What scene has bothered you the most in the book?
We did a Poetry Pass for the first time during Interactive Read Aloud yesterday. I wanted to do it so that I could get the kids writing about a ‘heavy’ … Continue Reading Poetry Pass in Interactive Read Aloud
Jacquie McTaggart published an article in Reading Today‘s April/May 2008 Issue entitled “Appeal to Students’ Pride with Online Book Reviews.” This was a timely article for me since I just … Continue Reading Writing About Reading: It’s Time to Kick It Up A Notch (or two)
Linda B. Gambrell, President of the International Reading Association, has a great column in the April/May 2008 Issue entitled “Closing the summer reading gap: You can make a difference!” It’s … Continue Reading Closing the Summer Writing Gap????
One of my students contacted me yesterday asking for things to do online because she was bored. Hence, I found some great student resources over at ReadWriteThink that I shared … Continue Reading Student Resources on ReadWriteThink
Staying with the voice/silence theme my class has begun to think about during our Interactive Read Alouds, I give you this poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller on the first Poetry … Continue Reading Voice/Silence — Poetry Friday
My kids returned from lunch and recess looking like they were ready for a discussion, not a read aloud aloud. However, it was time for Interactive Read Aloud and we … Continue Reading Of course you can write!
I heard the clicking of heels on the hallway floor. The clicking was getting closer. It was Kate. She had come to talk about our upcoming Voice/Silence Interactive Read Aloud … Continue Reading Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: #31
I just got around to perusing the Feb/Mar 2008 Issue of Reading Today this afternoon. Tucked away on page 46 I found an article entitled “‘Reading’ photographs can lead students … Continue Reading Reading Photographs Helps Students Write Better
Tomorrow’s Interactive Read Aloud includes Alan Say’s Book Grandfather’s Journey. Since our IRA Theme for the past two months has been immigration, I thought it would be nice to end … Continue Reading Family Tree Book