May 5, 2020

There’s comfort in the familiar: familiar faces, familiar places, familiar experiences. The challenge to find familiar during this period of unexpected unfamiliar led us to, of all places, our camera rolls. Yes, that’s right. Our gallery of pictures featuring the faces of our students, our classroom walls, our hallways, our colleagues, our students’ work- it brought instantaneous comfort. We wante...

April 28, 2020

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I don’t know about you, but the more I’m hunkered down at home, the more I feel myself drawn to books that have nothing to do with instruction, but rather titles that offer me reflection and connection. It seems whenever we experience trauma, there is an almost immediate need to fix or mitigate (or better still control). For me, this looks like pouring myself into tutorials and r...

April 14, 2020

Distance learning is uncharted territory for many of us and can leave us feeling lost and tempted to plan out routes that would never match the roads we’d take in our classrooms. We are thinking about access, support, best practices, AND the fact that we will not be physically present for any of this! These realities may have us thinking that, for now, we can go to worksheets, passages, and book r...

April 13, 2020

Reading. The enjoyment of reading is not about finding the main idea or answering questions about the details in the text. It’s about being able to find the joy in reading a story that allows you to enter a new world while you connect with characters - characters that we end up getting to know like we would our friends! This is why I love reading. So, now that I have kids, I get to share this love...

March 25, 2020

I trust we all love Ferris Bueller and remember the “life moves pretty fast” advice? Well, there’s no doubt that right now, life is moving pretty fast… and stopping makes a lot of sense. Not because we don't want to miss a moment of this experience, but instead because when life feels like it’s speeding up, slowing down can relieve some of the anxiety and panic we are feeling. This brings me to th...

May 27, 2018

We all have THAT book. The book that you couldn’t get enough of. That one book that when it ended, you were at a loss for what to do next. The book that may have even made you a pleasure reader for life. For me, it was discovering the novel Molokai by Alan Brennert. For my sister it was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. With school almost out for summer, now is the time to stack the deck in fav...

How do we get our students to continue to take risks that really matter?

We are born curious. We ask questions. We explore possibilities. We are undeniably interested in all that surrounds us. As we dive deeper into our school year, it is our responsibility to continue creating opportunities for students so that they are able to access that thrill of wonder. We want to build a space where students...

May 18, 2016

This post is written by literacy consultant Patty McGee.

Perhaps you agree– summertime is the best reading time of all.  However, many students look at summer as a time to take a break from reading.  Research has shown, specifically for lower socioeconomic students, that the summertime can cause a significant decline in reading achievement.  The good news is that this decline is very easily offset...

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