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Four Tools for Hosting Online Book Clubs

Before the pandemic, there were some common technology integrations in literacy classrooms. Learning management systems, like Google Classroom and Seesaw, were becoming ubiquitous for teachers to post assignments and collect...

Finding Reliable Digital Reading Resources

One of the things I love about education is that it is always evolving. When tablets first became the rage years ago, I looked for ways to incorporate them into...

Offering Playful Choice to Show Learning

It all started when one first grader complained, “Mrs. Mulligan, I don’t want to talk with my book club. It’s boring.”  Then several others chimed, “Yeah, it’s boring.” Hearing these...

Sensible Reasons to Use Student Reading Records

Several years ago I started a Goodreads account to keep track of the books I read. Creating my own personal shelves allowed me to track books from genres, topics, and...

Fairy Tale Study that Needed a Restart

Each year, I remember when I returned to teaching second grade. I was overwhelmed by learning new standards and content. One of our literacy standards asks us to compare and...

Yoga Poses and Workshop Processes: Honor the Journey

It’s still dark outside when I descend the stairs, careful not to wake my sleeping children with sounds of creaky floorboards. When I arrive at the mat, I cross my...

Finding a Way to Make Heterogeneous Grouping a Reality

The key to ending racism and racist acts of violence within our society is to examine what is taking place in our classrooms. —Tauheedah Baker, Doctor of Education Leadership Program...

Making Connections with Sociograms

My 11th-grade English class had just spent the week reading John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men aloud. We had just returned from hybrid instruction, and it was one of the...

COVID Silver Linings: Positive Changes in Teaching Practices

Whether you’re teaching remotely or in a socially distanced classroom (or some hybrid combination of the two), no doubt you have made substantial changes to your teaching practice this school...

Multiple Perspectives Cultivate Empathy

Empathy is the highest form of intelligence. —Anthony Gucciardi Emotions are the gatekeepers to learning, and empathy opens the way for students to invest in and care about others. This...

When a Library Whispers

During the day, my classroom is active and lively with lots of reading and writing and sharing and learning. When the students go home and I am by myself, the...

Build Reader Identity

Maggie was in first grade when I began to work with her in reading support.  In those beginning days, she sat beside me at the table as I tried to...

Nurturing Lifelong Readers

The Gift of Reading For as long as I can remember, I have been surrounded by books. Throughout my childhood, my grandmother gifted me picture books that remain part of...

What Do Readers Need?

What do you need? It is such a simple question. A friend recently shared that her therapist suggested she teach the people close to her to ask this question of...

Tips for Creating Shared-Writing Texts Online

Let’s face it: When we work with emergent readers online, it is hard to get enough texts into their hands. Yes, we can use online texts from Rivet.com or other...

Class Books Build Readers, Writers, and Community

During morning arrival a student came up to me and shared that her family had gotten a new cat over the weekend. I responded with the excitement that a new...

Rethinking “Finding” the Central Idea

I have often told my students that teachers don’t always have all the answers and that sometimes when teachers listen to students, we become the learners. When I told my students...

One Text. One Conversation. Many Possibilities.

It’s generally accepted that classroom discussion is an effective strategy for building comprehension and improving student achievement overall. But how it should occur around text is debatable. Guided reading? Yes,...

Digital Reading Strategies

As we encounter more digital texts, we must consider the reading strategies needed to understand them. In this session, participants will reflect on their own reading lives and identities as...

Extending Invitations in Workshop: Ways to Empower Student Choice

“All right, readers, it’s almost time to find your reading spot. Today you might try this work in your reading notebook. Perhaps you’ll set up a page to study one...

Digital Reading Strategies

I’ve tiptoed around using digital texts in my classroom, yet I read information digitally all the time—blogs, websites, and tweets. I tend to read more books on my e-reader than...