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Learning Life Lessons from Books

Recently, the Huffington Post published an article titled 9 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn from these Beloved Classic Children’s Books. In this article, Amanda Scherker included titles like Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, Lois Lowry’s The Giver, E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web and noted poignant life lessons such as “Setting out on an adventure is…

The ABCs of the Common Core (Part 1)

In yesterday’s post, we shared three stages through which our learning about the Common Core Standards has progressed bringing us to a place where we are considering what the Common Core standards actually mean for teaching and learning. Wrestling with the language and meaning of the standards has helped us to distill our thinking about…

Friday Favorite: Non-Traditional Texts and the Common Core

This week, we continued to explore close reading, specifically close reads that use “non-traditional” texts, such as art and television commercials. The idea of using “non-traditional” texts in a classroom setting intrigues us as it allows all students access to complex text.  Thinking about using non-traditional text is not a new idea for us and…

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

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)