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Reading Wellness

Reading Wellness, Jan Miller Burkins and Kim Yaris

Preventing Misguided Reading

Preventing Misguided Reading

Our overarching goal is to assist children in becoming proficient readers and writers.

Resurrecting Titles from the Book Graveyard

Over the summer, while Kim taught a week-long Who’s Doing the Work? institute at the University of New Hampshire, one of the teachers in the class shared that, during the previous school year, she had asked her fourth-grade students to sort through the classroom library to cull the titles that did not interest them. While…

Teachers: Are you Luke or Yoda in the Classroom?

Some of the best stories we know begin by introducing a protagonist who is called to action by a compelling problem. As the protagonist confronts the problem, there is oftentimes uncertainty and doubt about her or his ability to handle the responsibilities inherent in the problem. Unexpected challenges lead to overwhelm and the only way…

Attitudes are Caught, Not Taught

We know of a teacher who, in anticipation of an upcoming unit on poetry, decided to conduct a little experiment. She said, “I’m just going to read my students a lot of poetry and see how long it takes for them to start writing it. I’m not going to even suggest that they write poetry;…

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)