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Questioning Within Read Alouds

Throughout the year, I have been studying and implementing strategies to increase the quantity and the quality of the questions students ask within their classrooms. In the past, I have...

End-of-Year Read Alouds

As we gather in our last community circle of the year, I pull out I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and read it to my attentive and quiet...

Students Watching Teachers

Every few weeks, we have a teachers' meeting or professional development before school starts. I do everything I can to make sure teachers are out of the meeting and back...

Stop and Inquire

“Did Washington really chop down a cherry tree?” In the middle of a minilesson about the French and Indian War, I introduced George Washington as a young soldier in his...

Flash Forward with New Students

In my experience, student scheduling begins in the spring and is not finalized until midsummer, at best. However, this year, our principal pledged to make a change. Not only did...

First-Grade Reflections: Looking Back to Move Forward

It was the first day back after winter vacation, and I looked at the plans that I had penciled in the week before break. “Review reading workshop expectations: independent reading,...

Fresh Starts Through Community Building

If you were looking for me on the first day of school, you would have found me in our bilingual second-grade classroom wearing only one shoe. The classroom teacher had...

Parent Book Clubs

This year, one of our district goals was to improve and increase our communications with families. We accomplished this partly by using Google Classroom and sending updates to families about...

Teaching Fifth Graders to Make Peer Recommendations

Katherine Sokolowski scaffolds Liam and Caden through the process of learning to recommend books to each other.  

Getting to Know English Language Learners All Year Long

After a refreshing summer, many teachers come back to school with a notebook full of ideas about how to kick off the school year. Our plans and notebooks include a...

Girls’ Book Share in Fifth Grade

Katherine Sokolowski demonstrates how she helps a group of girls in her fifth-grade classroom learn to help each other select books based on previous experiences and tastes.

Daily Reflection Rubric

“I come to school every day and try to be a good student. I just don’t get why my grades are so bad,” Kaydin complained when he received his first...

Visual Expectations in the Classroom

Turn left here. Now take a slight right. As adults, we listen to commands such as these while navigating new territories. Relying on our GPS, we not only listen to...

Building a Reflective Community

“So what you’re saying is that this chart isn’t about being right or wrong. It’s about figuring things out,” Tom said, eyeing our newest comprehension chart that I had unveiled...

Lunchtime Author Discussion Groups

Sophia stands in front of me, panic-stricken. “I need Sisters and it’s not in the bin!” She is holding Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novel Drama in both hands. Sisters is another...

Fourth-Grade Lunch Fan Club

Gigi McAllister hosts a lunchtime fan club of children who enjoy the work of Kazu Kibuishi, author of the Amulet series. Participation in the group is voluntary.    

Sharing and Celebrating Summer Reading

We know that summer reading is essential to help prevent summer slippage, and we support students and their families at the end of the year in making summer reading plans...

#bookaday in Middle School: Nuts and Bolts

The basic concept of #bookaday at any age is to read one book per day, keep a list of titles, and share often. I decided to try #bookaday in my...

Building Community with a Shared Text

While I was teaching a children’s literature course for future educators at a local college, my adult students were assigned to read a middle grade book, Sunny Side Up by...

#bookaday in Middle School

One of the best teaching decisions I have made was having a #bookaday picture book read-aloud goal with my seventh- and eighth-grade classes this past school year. You may be...

Building Community and Family Connections

We’re sure you’d agree that setting up positive relationships with your students and their families at the beginning of the year is a crucial part of having a successful year....