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Lost in Translation

In our post, Text Complexity 101, we ended by wondering how well we are integrating quantitative measures with qualitative and individual reader/text variables when making decisions about grade level complex text? In a recent experience Kim had working with a seventh grade history teacher wrestling with how to present Patrick Henry’s Speech against the Constitution,…

5 Questions for Closely Reading the Writing Standards

Last week, sandwiched between our musings about PARCC, we posted a blog about closely reading the writing standards.  As we gear up for this week at Burkins & Yaris, we are reposting that entry to launch this week’s series, dedicated to carefully reading and thinking about the Common Core’s writing standards. Our post 5 Questions…

Non-Traditional Texts and the Common Core

In How to Read the Air, Dinaw Mengestu describes her father’s experience of learning to read his surroundings for danger as he journeyed from Ethiopia to the American Midwest. “Reading the air” as the author describes involves practice, skill, and most importantly, paying close attention. For the author’s father, the air was his “text.” With…

What Teachers are Saying...

So many people have said that your session was the best staff development that we have had at our school – we all desperately want you to come back…

Jan Busey, Estes Elementary, Literacy Coach, Buncombe County Schools, North Carolina

2016-07-27T11:41:06+00:00

Jan Busey, Estes Elementary, Literacy Coach, Buncombe County Schools, North Carolina

They came in with ideas and lessons that have empowered the teachers to revisit their ‘inner teacher’ and opened the door to creative thinking again. As one teacher stated, ‘What better way to spend my day!

Sandy Keaton, Elementary Language Arts Instructional Facilitator, Howard County Schools, Maryland

2016-07-27T11:42:23+00:00

Sandy Keaton, Elementary Language Arts Instructional Facilitator, Howard County Schools, Maryland

This is a book that needed to be written…

Joan Moser of “The 2 Sisters"

2016-07-27T11:29:54+00:00

Joan Moser of “The 2 Sisters"

Reading Wellness reminds us that nothing is more essential to our classrooms than caring for our children’s minds, beliefs, and passions. It is a prescription for student-centered instruction in the truest sense.

Christopher Lehman

2016-07-27T11:39:42+00:00

Christopher Lehman