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What’s Blogging Got To Do With It?

Ok, bad title I know.  But the content is good.  At least I hope it is.  Today I gave my students a survey about blogging.  It’s the first year that I’ve done blogs from the beginning of the year and … Continue reading

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Active Literacy With iPads (and some other technology too…): Part 2

Gradual Release of Responsibility Learning how to really implement a gradual release of responsibility model has been one of the most powerful things in my teaching career.  This model sets up a framework for how instruction gradually moves from teacher … Continue reading

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Active Literacy With iPads: Part 1

iBooks and ePUBs When I’m teaching reading, I’m teaching students how to be active readers.  That means that they need to engage with what they are reading.  They need to think, talk, and write.  They need to leave tracks of … Continue reading

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Why You Might Want To Stick With It

Every year I teach a lesson on abandoning books.  I always follow that lesson with one on NOT abandoning books.  This is for the students who are serial abandoners.  These students give up on books for many reasons.  Perhaps they … Continue reading

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Living Life Like a Reader

I just spent two hours in bed finishing a book.  The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jaime Ford.  It was one of those books that leaves you emotionally drained and reeling with comments, just the kind … Continue reading

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Book Clubs Rebooted

It’s that time again.  Time for a new round of book clubs.  This time we are studying the work of Jerry Spinelli and students will read at least two novels with two different groups.  I’ve made a few changes this … Continue reading

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Using Edmodo for Classroom Discussions

For those of you who haven’t taken a foray into Edmodo yet you might want to check it out.  It’s basically a modified Facebook for classroom use.  The teacher has a great deal of control and can establish various groups … Continue reading

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Kid Blogging Update

Well we’re in week two of the blogging adventure in my class.  Only one student has opted out thus far.  Overall I’ve been really impressed with the posts my students have generated.  But, I’ve been more impressed with the thoughtful … Continue reading

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Doing the Work of Readers

I often find that this time of year I have to go back and revisit a lot of the structures that have been put in place.  Last week I did a lesson that expressed the importance of WHY we leave … Continue reading

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What do you do with all of those post its?

I’ve heard teachers ask this question a lot.  Heck, I’ve asked myself this question too.  So let’s think about this for a minute.  Post its are intended to be a record of a student’s thinking process.  We teach them to … Continue reading

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Reflecting On Book Clubs

A few posts back I wrote about getting my students started on a new round of book clubs.  One of the choices I made was to have groups sign up for discussions twice a week instead of having a “discussion … Continue reading

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Leveling The Library?

If you’ve been reading my recent posts you’ll know that I recently attended a conference with Lucy Calkins about her Units of Study in Reading, grades 3-5.  One thing that she said that really stuck in our heads is that … Continue reading

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Using Think Alouds To Assess Reading

Every year our staff reads three professional texts together.  Usually one in the summer which we discuss at our first PD days and then two during the year.  Our current book is Classroom Reading Assessments by Frank Serafini.  This round … Continue reading

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The Top Ten List is In!

Every few months I have students vote on a top ten list of favorite books for the class.  I picked this up from a few of my colleagues a couple of years ago.  Students are in charge of collecting the … Continue reading

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Beyond-the-Book Inquiry in Reader’s Workshop

The other day I used the book The Composition by Antonio Skarmeta to teach a reading strategies lesson. This is a gripping story about a boy who is living under a dictatorship and is asked by the government to write … Continue reading

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Varying Genres in Strategy Instruction

I posted earlier about how I’m working to assist my students in reading a wide variety of genres during independent reading. I have also been reflecting on how I use this same variation in my reading strategy instruction. Although I … Continue reading

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Helping Students Read Widely

I started my year with genres on the brain.  As teachers we know that it’s essential to expose students to a wide variety of genres.  So this year I’ve been doing some reflecting and putting some elements in place to … Continue reading

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