Reading Without Limits

Maddie Witter

A Calm Child Learns Best

Recently I’ve been thinking about how we can redesign a literacy block, particularly for students with special needs.  I want the first half of the class to be as calm … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Expand Student Genre Choices

Get kids reading books from their “lonely genres”.

August 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

How to Fix the Missing Books in a Series Problem

A quick solution for keeping your highly motivating series books intact.

May 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

STOP Drilling… START Building Hope

Tips to help ease the fear, stress, and panic that comes with taking an ELA test.

April 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Cultivated Library

Why less can be more with a classroom library.

March 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

Holiday Reading Homework

I’m beginning to rethink what I give out for holiday homework. What do you give for holiday homework?

March 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Gloss Notes: A Scaffold for Nonfiction Texts

Gloss notes are one way you can make frustration level texts more accessible to struggling readers in content classes.

March 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Honesty Journals: One Tool to Build Self-Efficacy

In order to strengthen self-efficacy, I’m teaching kids to keep honesty journals about their reading or homework.  Instead of reprimanding kids when they don’t get stuff done, I’d rather see … Continue reading

March 17, 2013 · 3 Comments

Activities that Increase Student Thinking Time Before Sharing Out

Tired of the think-pair-share or turn-and-talk?

February 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Motivating ALL Students to Participate

Beyond simply waiting after you ask a question or utilizing a randomizer technique like Popsicle sticks, how do you encourage all students to participate?

February 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

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