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Libraries for All: Considering Struggling Readers

Quietly I enter the classroom as reading workshop begins, glancing around the room to locate the readers with whom I plan to confer today. As a primary reading intervention teacher,...

Educating Parents on Supporting Boys

Working as a principal in a large suburban K-12 district that serves more than 9,000 students, we offer a lot of staff development for educators. In our desire to strengthen...

Repurposing a Classroom Library for Coaching and Intervention: Hooking Reluctant Readers in Grades 3-5

When I found out that I’d be moving into the new position of literacy coach and third-grade intervention teacher next year, my first thought was “What am I going to...

Confessions of a Struggling Beginning Reader

If you had the chance to learn to read again, would you take it? Well, I leaped at the opportunity. I was so excited! I expected to gain all sorts...

Coaching Demonstration: Conferring with a Struggling Third-Grade Reader

Clare Landrigan works with third grader Reese as his teacher observes in this coaching demonstration conference.

The Worried Parent

Jackson’s parents came into my office one day in early November, right on time, and settled into the chairs across from me.  From a previous phone call, I knew they...

The Road to Rainbow Magic: Hannah’s Story

A comfortable calm came over the room. It was reading time and students were settling in together and alone. Some were enjoying the solitude of a beanbag chair while others...

Keeping It Real for Students: Never Underestimate the Power of Reflection

Katie is a veteran teacher who willingly shares she is learning all the time. Her stance has evolved over time from the traditional preparation she received in her pre-service program...

Triangulating: The Importance of Multiple Data Points When Assessing Students

We went to a professional development session a few years ago with Elizabeth City and she gave us a name for something we have always believed – the importance of...

Undercover Coach: Making Time to Work with Children

Have you ever watched the television show Undercover Boss? Each episode shows what happens when a high-ranking official of a company attempts to do an entry-level job in the company for...

The Power of Linking Words and Perceptions

It does not take long before we start to attach labels to children in any classroom. We begin to sort, both by academics and behavior. Soon we find ourselves using...