My students are beginning to work with elementary children. They are planning and teaching reading and writing lessons. As they are beginning their time teaching, some are learning, either directly from the child or indirectly from the child’s parents, that the child does not like reading or is not a “good” reader. And, my studentsContinue reading “How Do Kids Become Readers?”
It’s about that time of the semester when I am asked two questions fairly frequently – “What is the difference between a skill and a strategy?” and “Where do we find literacy strategies to teach?” Both are common questions that I am asked by my students who are preservice teachers, particularly as they are beginningContinue reading “The Connections Between Skills and Strategies”
Modifications to a Reading Interest Survey During COVID What do you do after you learn about the students in your classroom? And, how do you know where to begin in terms of reading and writing instruction? It is important to learn about what the children in your classroom are interested in and what they enjoyContinue reading “Who are the Readers in Your Classroom?”
Four Steps to Learn About Students Through Listening This past week, I had my students read an article about assessing students at the beginning of the school year and the article described listening to students as a form of assessment. I was met with skepticism about the idea that listening to students can be aContinue reading “Are You a Good Listener?”
I started teaching last week. And, this fall I am teaching over Zoom. My first class did not go as it normally does – the students did not walk into the classroom, find a table with a familiar face, sit down and begin catching up before class. I was not able to move the studentsContinue reading “Everyday, Getting Better at Getting Better”
I try to use authentic books with students as often as possible – starting at the beginning of the school year.