Interactive Read-Alouds for the Primary Grades

I love reading aloud to students! It is truly one of my favorite lessons to plan regardless of the age of the students. Read-alouds are appropriate for any age or grade level – because, after all, who does not enjoy hearing a book read aloud?! However, they are essential if you are teaching students whoContinue reading “Interactive Read-Alouds for the Primary Grades”

Supporting Readers Through Guided Reading: Planning the Second (and Third!) Sessions

Guided reading supports students in becoming more confident independent readers because it is the teaching practice when teachers can show students how to read as well as support them as they are reading independently. Implementing guided reading into your teaching will give you the opportunity and the space to observe students as they read andContinue reading “Supporting Readers Through Guided Reading: Planning the Second (and Third!) Sessions”

Teaching Practice Spotlight: Planning the First Guided Reading Session to Support Readers

I have been asked many questions about guided reading lately, and one reason may be that it is not being taught as it normally would be due to COVID. So, here is a bit of information on guided reading and some of my thoughts on how I implement guided reading with students. Guided reading isContinue reading “Teaching Practice Spotlight: Planning the First Guided Reading Session to Support Readers”

Practicing Fluency Through Emojis

Fluent readers are able to read with proper phrasing and know when to pause when reading a sentence. There was a meme a while back that argued for the importance of punctuation and how it saves lives with its captions reading, “Let’s eat Grandma! vs. Let’s eat, Grandma!” This meme shows the importance of commasContinue reading “Practicing Fluency Through Emojis”

Classroom Solutions: Solving Problems as They Arise in the Literacy Classroom

Today’s post is a question that I recently received. A teacher writes:  I feel like all of the joy has been sucked out of teaching this year due to the restrictions and the increased emphasis on safety. For example, I feel like I am required to have the students wash their hands constantly over teachingContinue reading “Classroom Solutions: Solving Problems as They Arise in the Literacy Classroom”

How Do Kids Become Readers?

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?”

Who are the Readers in Your Classroom?

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?”