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What Does It Mean to Read?

It was late fall, and I was sitting in our reading reflection circle listening to my students share their thinking with the group. “I read 35 pages,” said Luke. Not...

Guided Reading Run Amok

“I don’t know what I’m doing wrong,” said Sharice. “I plan, reflect, and read. I watch videos on YouTube and Edutopia. I even tried filming myself and watching the videos....

Three Challenges for the 40 Book Challenge

It’s interesting what gets adopted widely in education. Growth mind-set, for example, is almost an industry, with workbooks, posters, and computer software all designed to instill resilience in students. Yet...

Levels and What’s Appropriate

“How do you know they are reading books at their level?” the visitor asked. This is the question I hear the most often from visitors to my classroom, students in...

Organizing for Middle School

Ask any middle school teacher what they hope to accomplish with their students every year, and you will likely find “organization” somewhere in their top five choices. Ask a sixth-grade...

First-Grade Reading Share: Focus on Conferring and Strategies

Bitsy Parks uses reading share time early in the year to describe and summarize the work in two conferences to help students learn how conferring, independent reading time, and strategy...

How to Get Books Off Shelves

My eighth-grade classroom walls are lined with bookshelves. At the start of each school year, each shelf is packed with books. Throughout the school year I inevitably add to my...

Keeping the Classroom Library Current

If you walk past my room on many days during my planning period, you will see me standing in front of the shelves, pondering. Those are the days when I’ve...

Fifth-Grade Book Talk: Wish Girl

Katherine Sokolowski builds interest in a new book in the classroom library through a book talk on Wish Girl.    

When One Door Closes

I remember an undergraduate professor of mine saying that it takes five years of teaching before you really know what you’re doing. This statement was both reassuring and scary. Reassuring...

First-Grade Read and Think Check-In

Katrina Edwards demonstrates a read and think check-in from her first-grade classroom.    

Invitations vs. Accountability

My reading life is full of invitations. A friend recommends a book. I get invited into a book club. I see an announcement for the next #titletalk Twitter chat in...

The Year’s First Read Aloud

Reading changes your life. Reading unlocks worlds unknown or forgotten, taking travelers around the world and through time. Reading helps you escape the confines of school and pursue your own...

Student Notes: Slow Down and Think

Fifth-grader Orion uses sticky notes to make questions and predictions at the end of each chapter.    

Student Notes: Reading for Writing

Reagan, a fifth grader in Franki Sibberson's class, explains how she uses sticky notes to flag examples of writer's craft she could use in her own writing.  

From Title to Theme: Conferring with Jadev

Christy Rush-Levine confers with eighth grader Jadev about how the title of a book often gives clues to its theme.

Splashing Around to Find Themes

I discovered by accident a new approach to teaching students how to determine the theme of a text. After the study of any story or poem, I was accustomed to...

Getting to the Heart of Theme

When I was in junior high way back in the day, the biggest and most important papers we had to write about the books we read all focused on one...

Student Notes: Reminders for Later

In this installment of our note-taking series from Franki Sibberson's fifth-grade classroom, Sarah marks important elements early in the mystery she is reading, so she can easily refer to them...

Student Notes: Keeping Track of Many Characters

Tre uses lots of sticky notes to sort through and keep track of characters in The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, a book with a whole classroom full of...

Comics and Graphic Novels for Tweens

My 10-year-old grandtwins, Molly and Jacob, are officially tweens, and I see it in their reading tastes. They devour chapter books and picture books, still love read-alouds, appreciate good joke...