As we ring in 2013, we’ve been looking back on the past nine months of blogging and reflecting on which of our posts really resonated. As a thank you to our readers for your feedback and many comments over the last few months, we share this list of our most popular posts. Happy New Year!
In this post, we think about the ways in which teachers “demonstrate” for students and advocate for messy modeling so that students come to understand success is the struggle.
This post offers step-by-step suggestions for adjusting our instruction to the demands of the Common Core. We can show you how to teach WAR AND PEACE to your third-graders!
In this, our 200th blog post, we compare the way J. Evans Pritchard (Dead Poet’s Society) suggests evaluating poems with the way the field of education uses standardized tests to evaluate student learning.
The journey we are taking to understand the Common Core can be both challenging and confusing. For a bit of a change, we present our ideas about trudging this rugged terrain in narrative. Happy reading!
In this post, we discuss how the original six instructional shifts have been condensed to three by the authors of the Common Core standards.
In this post, the first in a four-part series, we set the stage for considering the coaching work a teacher does with students through read aloud, shared reading, small group reading, and independent reading.
This post explores Common Core author, David Coleman’s, concerns about pre-reading strategies that interfere with student explorations of text. We address some pros and cons of his perspective and consider it from different grade levels.
This is the first in a series of posts about “reading nutrition” in which we explore the “nutritional value” of informational and literary texts. In this post, we meet Samuel, a fourth grader, who is currently starved of reading nutrition.
In this post, we present educators images and metaphors for closely reading and understanding the Common Core writing standards.
In this post, we ask readers to respond to the question, “In your vision of great education, what does schooling look like?”
In this post, we offer five suggestions for planning instruction that will align with the Common Core standards as well as help accomplish the instructional ideals espoused by the Common Core.
In this post, we present educators images and metaphors for closely reading and understanding the Common Core reading standards.
(Note to Readers: Because of the wild popularity of this blog series, we have been working on a must-have compilation of illustrated tools to make planning Common Core lessons easier! Stay tuned–release date to be announced soon!)