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Close Encounters with Text: Reading Many Ways

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris find their reading processes as adults informs the way they view close reading with students.

Unstable Labels: Stop the Race to Z

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris consider the insignificance of what levels convey about young readers.

Questioning Questions: Rethinking Prompts for Reading Conferences

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris are rethinking questions used in one-on-one reading conferences.

Closing the Year and Making Space to Remember

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris explain how ending the year is all about making space for memories, and provide some texts to help in the process.

Favorite Wordless Picture Books for Teaching Inference

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris present some of their favorite children’s books for teaching inference.

Redefining Just-Right Books

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris share advice for rethinking how teachers and students define “just-right” texts.

Intervening with Read Aloud

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris are using read alouds as an intervention strategy with struggling learners.

The Secret to Productivity: Hard Work or Play?

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris connect their own working lives to those of students, and consider the value of play.

Three Questions to Ask When a Guided Reading Group Is Stuck

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris share three questions teachers should ask themselves when guided reading groups aren’t going well.

Nine Picture Books for Teaching Mindfulness

Kim Yaris and Jan Burkins conclude their series on integrating children’s literature and mindful teaching.

New Words for the New Year

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris have a fresh take on goals for the new year.

Eight Picture Books That Show (vs. Tell) How to Be Mindful

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris continue their series on teaching mindfulness with picture books.

Making Space: Entering Lessons Mindfully

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris explain how to slow down and enter lessons more mindfully. This is the first installment in a three-part series on mindfulness in classrooms.

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