Entering into my 6th year of teaching has me reflecting a lot on what works and what doesn't work in my classroom. Unfortunately, the past two years at my new school have proven unsuccessful..... according to state and district standards. Putting aside the "standardized test," my students have made great gains and have been wonderful… Continue reading Creating a Literacy Rich Classroom
Before this year, I would often introduce a text to students by saying one or two sentences about it, doing a picture walk, and jumping into reading. After taking my MRT course, I now know that pre-reading plays a huge role in students comprehension. We should think of comprehension as an inverted pyramid. At the… Continue reading Pre-Reading is a must!
You voted and guided reading won! So this post is dedicated to that. Before we begin, I want to talk about what guided reading is and what it is not. Guided reading can look different in every class. In my classroom, guided reading time is the most important block of ELA and it is where… Continue reading Guided Reading
Let’s talk about comprehension! In every 3-5 classroom it’s a huge part of what we teach. But what exactly is comprehension? Comprehension includes 6 parts: visualizing, making connections, inferring, determining importance, asking questions, and synthesizing. All six parts are critical to student’s comprehension and all elements must be explicitly taught through modeling and read-aloud think-aloud.… Continue reading Reading is Thinking