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Weekend Round-Up: August 18

Monday Catch a Ride of the Reader-ship: The Transformative Power of Reading In this post, we recommend five titles that you can use with students to support conversations about forming reading habits in your classroom. Tuesday Learning on the Menu or How to Prepare a Ham Blog post that tells the story of a family…

CCSS & Frustration vs. Instructional Level Texts: Comparing Apples and Oranges

There has been much cyber discussion about the efficacy of teaching with instructional level texts. Two assertions, in particular, have drawn much attention from elementary educators. This blog post addresses the first of these two. Instructional Reading Level Assertion #1: There is much research that supports the use of frustration level text with students. Despite…

Poetry Friday: Renga with Friends, Take 2

Image from Wikipedia Commons Once again, Steve Peterson (Inside the Dog), Mary Lee Hahn (A Year of Reading), and I wrote a renga together. As I described this summer, I found our first experience writing a renga together challenging because the form is so tenuous and you don’t have that “aaahhh” feeling that comes when…

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