The Layer Cake of Reading Comprehension

I have been contemplating the topic and content of this blog on every mountain trail and pathway I traveled this summer – and I am fortunate to say my contemplation covered multiple miles!

To Write or Not to Write? There is No Question! Part 2

To Write or Not to Write? There is No Question! Part 2 That’s right! Teachers know “To write or not to write?” is not a question worth spending the time talking about – of course our students write! And as it turns out, we need to write more. But what...

The Daily Write

The Daily Write Last February I wrote about writing and it garnered quite a bit of attention - and rightly so! We want our students to be writers, and we know that just asking kids to write is not going to TEACH them HOW to write. When you read between the...

January Growth Spurts Are Real!

Happy New Year, fellow educators! I have been looking forward to the freshness that accompanies this time of year. Cleaning off my desk, organizing those stacks of books and articles, getting back into our classrooms after a restful time with family and friends,...

Give the Gift of Storytelling This Season

Happy Holidays to you! I have been thinking about the classroom right about now and the lighthearted energy that accompanies this time of year. I recall a mood of anticipation and fun. I also know that the pressures of teaching and accountability are...

High Frequency Words? Sight Words? Is There a Difference?

Most teachers I know, strive to make sure that their students are able to read “sight words” automatically. If you are a kindergarten through second grade teacher reading this, the previous statement makes sense to you. But does it really? Let me explain....