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
Expand Student Genre Choices
Get kids reading books from their “lonely genres”.
How to Fix the Missing Books in a Series Problem
A quick solution for keeping your highly motivating series books intact.
STOP Drilling… START Building Hope
Tips to help ease the fear, stress, and panic that comes with taking an ELA test.
A Cultivated Library
Why less can be more with a classroom library.
Holiday Reading Homework
I’m beginning to rethink what I give out for holiday homework. What do you give for holiday homework?
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.
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
Activities that Increase Student Thinking Time Before Sharing Out
Tired of the think-pair-share or turn-and-talk?
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?