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What Geico Can Teach Us About Close Reads (Part 1)

Before we begin today’s post, take 33 seconds and watch the following video: While  school-aged children are not the target market for Geico Insurance, videos such as this one can serve as an interesting medium for teaching children to read closely.When we showed this commercial to a small group of intermediate and middle school aged…

In the Best Interest of Children?

Kim has two sons, one in third grade and one in sixth. This week in their public schools in Dix Hills, New York, teachers administered field tests to students. Developed by Pearson Publishers, who has a staggeringly profitable contract with New York to develop its new standardized tests, these practice tests are presumably “in the…

The Rest Won’t Take Care of Itself: What Will Your Verse Be?

  In Dead Poet’s Society, John Keating’s supervisor questions his unorthodox teaching methods. The headmaster says, “John, the curriculum here is set. It’s proven. It works. If you question it, what’s to prevent them from doing the same?” Keating responds, “I always thought education was for learning to think for yourself.” The headmaster smirks and…

What Teachers are Saying...

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

The logic of its argument is all but impossible to deny. Burkins and Yaris make their call to change hard to resist.

Illinois Reading Council Journal (Fall 2016)

2017-04-05T13:49:53+00:00

Illinois Reading Council Journal (Fall 2016)

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