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”

The Connections Between Skills and Strategies

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”

Making Time for Longer Stretches of Work!

September has been a particularly hectic month for many people, myself included. Like many people, I have been balancing remote teaching (and all the prep work and grading that comes with it) professional writing, and many, many Zoom meetings.  Last week, I was reviewing my September calendar and I realized that the majority of myContinue reading “Making Time for Longer Stretches of Work!”

Everyday, Getting Better at Getting Better

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”