A colleague of mine sent me this article last week, on reading levels, saying she found its content interesting. And I agree. It is interesting. In my department, we’re about to make some huge curriculum changes, so reading level (and accessibility of text) is something I’m very sensitive about. This article reminds me that popular … More Thoughts on Reading Levels
Teachers in my district went back to school last week, and today is our first day with students. I’ve always had challenges with get to know you activities, not because I don’t want to get to know my students, but because I feel like, sometimes, there’s a disconnect. Most of my students know each other … More Literacy Autobiographies
I’m an educator who teaches readers and writers who have been labeled struggling or at risk. I read more young adult fiction and non-fiction than I do adult fiction and non-fiction. This used to be because I was reading for my students. Now it’s less that and more because I’ll read what I like when … More #bya01, Rory's Story Cubes, and Narrative Writing
I might be a little late to this conversation, but I’m reading a book chapter about motivation, time spent reading, and comprehension (Guthrie, WIgfield, Metsala & Cox, 2006), and I came across info about motivation and goals that made my brain go CLICK. Things about motivation and goals I didn’t know (that I feel like … More Performance vs. Mastery
Let it be said outright that I am a fan of ebooks. I love not having six or seven books sliding around in the back seat of my car. For the longest time, though, I didn’t purchase any because it’s difficult to lend them to my students, especially those who want to take the book … More An ebook Disadvantage
Dennis J. Sumara, in Why Reading Literature in School Still Matters talks about the commonplace text. He hopes that people will pass their annotated copies of book on to other readers, which turns them into what he calls “historical documents” that show the way different readers have engaged with it.
After a rocky start, which I’m not really going to talk about here — I’ve done enough frustrated complaining about the issues — our Book of the Month initiative is in full swing. This month, we’re reading Wonder by R. J. Palacio as a way to connect with Bullying Awareness Month. The accompanying question asks readers … More Book of the Month Update!
For the last three days, my students and I have been talking about what we do when we read. I’m reluctant to call it “the reading process” because process implies that there are steps to making meaning, rather than a give and take transaction between the reader and the text. Specifically, we’ve been talking about … More From Left to Right, Top to Bottom
I’m doing something a little different with my reading instruction this grading period. This grading period, I decided to slide away from the rBook tied to the Read 180 program. What I learned, over the course of the first six weeks was that 75% of my students are repeats. They have taken Title I Language … More Monitoring Comprehension and the Backchannel
AdLit.org: Adolescent Literacy – Pairing Texts with Movies to Promote Comprehension and Discussion I found this in my twitter feed under the hashtag #engchat, a place where great English/Language Arts and Reading teachers post ideas, questions, articles, etc. for the good of the group. Most of the time I can’t keep up, but when I’m … More AdLit.org: Adolescent Literacy – Pairing Texts with Movies to Promote Comprehension and Discussion