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How I Spent My Summer Break: The Teacher Version

Teachers spend their summers resting, relaxing, playing, traveling. They also spend the summer weeks learning, reading, planning and reflecting. I read. I listened. I read some more. But I got schooled, too. A family with three children asked if I would tutor their...

Inquiry and Integrated Content for Our Youngest Readers

My last year of high school I graduated early in February so I could join my parents who were living in England at the time. The freedom I experienced as an eighteen year old traveling around the British Isles after dad’s job took our family there for two years...

Shared Text Experiences

Many a parent or guardian has experienced it. The repeated demands from a tiny tyrant to read a beloved book. Beloved by the child. Most likely not so beloved by the adult—after having read it a bazillion times. That one practice alone (repeatedly reading the same...

Supporting Emerging Readers and Writers

  We wring our hands and lament that so many of our students are not learning to read and write. We wonder and debate. We study data and brainstorm solutions. We talk and plan and work and stay late and plan some more. I’ve been accused on more than one occasion...

Word Work or Word Play? Phonological Awareness and Phonics

When our daughter, Paige, was five she fell while standing on a chair. She hit her head and was unconscious for what I’m sure was only a few minutes, but to this newb parent felt like an eternity. We were living in Austria at the time and our pediatrician had...

Reading Books Aloud–Teaching Readers, Knitting Hearts

“I wish I had known that last year,” whispered Imena. Seated between Imena and Adi in the back of their 3rd grade classroom, after listening to their teacher read Rough Face Girl, I asked what life lessons they were considering. Imena said, “The lesson I take from...