Kim Yaris and Jan Burkins
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Kim Yaris and Jan Burkins are the writers and thinkers behind Burkins and Yaris — Think Tank for 21st Century Literacy, where their blog and their instructional resources have drawn a national audience and made them thought leaders in the field of literacy instruction. Their book Reading Wellness is available through Stenhouse Publishers.
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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.
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