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Back-to-School Lessons and Titles for Each Reading Standard (Standard 4)

Last week we began a series of posts aimed at teaching the standards while at the same time serving our need to build community, talk about learning to read, teaching a love of books, demonstrating the importance of print, and helping students discover their reading identity. This week, we continue to offer you titles to…

Unorthodox Test Prep Strategy #1: Do Nothing

In 1989, Jan was student teaching in Nella Dean Tillman’s third-grade classroom in Gardendale, Alabama. Every afternoon after lunch, all the children stretched out on the floor in the center of the circle formed by their desks. Before reading aloud for 20 minutes, Mrs. Tillman spent 10 whole minutes helping the children do nothing. She…

Engagement: A Tale of Two Learners

Jan’s eleven year old son, Natie, plays the violin. Since school is already out in Georgia, in an effort to help Natie broaden his vision of the ways music can enrich his life, Jan signed him up for a summer music camp. Camp Amped serves campers ages 11-18, clustering musicians into bands. Every day for…

What Teachers are Saying...

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

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