I think we live in an amazing age where my students can come to school with 1:1 classrooms and, under adult supervision, access online learning through platforms like Google Classroom. But none of that is guaranteed for many kids once they leave school. We got the unexpected call yesterday that our school would be closed… Continue reading Remote Learning in a Digital Age without Digital Resources
I am fortunate to have a former student who is now in our high school intern with me for this spring semester. I decided to have her work with individual students who need more practice with fluency. But since she’s with me only every other day, I needed a way to have my students continue… Continue reading Fluency Self Check
We’ve been talking about genres for ages — okay, for three months, but who’s counting? Wait…me. I’m counting. — so it’s time for my students to begin identifying the genre of their independent reading books using these simple bookmarks! I plan on using them to track their 40 book requirement. I’ve tried everything else I… Continue reading Genre Bookmarks
Parent conferences are coming… The transition for our kids from second to third grade is challenging. The expectations increase as they move from learning how to read to reading to learn. We no longer test them on stories we’ve read together, but rather they must use the skills we’ve worked on all week and apply… Continue reading Reading at Home
Flexible seating options are not beneficial for every student. Yes, I went there. The term “flexible seating” has morphed into the idea that teachers must have fun and elaborate equipment like couches, cafe tables and stools. And many terrific teachers have struggled over the fact that those items are expensive, and so they’re convinced they… Continue reading Flexible Seating Options Don’t Benefit All Students
I just wanted to share a photo of my students at their (they earned it, after all!) 100-Book Challenge Party! It was a HUGE success. The theme was “pajamas, water ice and popcorn.” Since my students come to me from separate homerooms, I thought there would be logistical issues with wearing pajamas (I didn’t want… Continue reading Happy Tuesday: Our 100-Book Challenge Party!