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
Quick and seamless feedback in the classroom? YES, please!
How do you get ready for the first day of school? For me there is a lot of planning and preparation! I like to spend some time prior to our required back to school days getting all of my things back out and organized in a way that is going to benefit my students. I… Continue reading Back to School
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