This is the first post in a four part series where I will give you my top tips for teaching: Fiction, Non-fiction, Argumentative Text and Poetry. In this blog post you will walk away with clear steps for how to launch and teach your next fiction unit. Teaching students how to read or approach a genre or text is important and tantamount to teaching students how to plan for a road trip to a particular location, using a specific route. In this … [Read more...] about How Do I Teach Fiction?
In this blog post I will give you my list of books that you should be adding to cart this time of year. Teachers are lifelong learners and as such we should always be looking for ways to grow and refine our practice. At the beginning of this school year I made some book recommendations that I thought would help you launch your reading block with the two most important pillars: Your mini lesson and guided reading. I want to come … [Read more...] about Mid-Year Reading Block Book Recommendations
The goal of this blog post is to help you identify one of the greatest enemies. We’re all guilty of falling for them. These are the things that we do everyday and think that they are helping us, when what they are actually doing is depleting us. You may be asking yourself what in the world I am talking about. I am talking about time sucks. As a classroom teacher you don’t have time to waste. You have a million and one things to do and they … [Read more...] about Time Sucks and How to Avoid Them
In this blog post we will unpack the what, why and how of growing and respecting your capacity in order to pave the way for sustainable growth. A little Eva trivia is that I spent six years outside of the classroom. My first year back in the classroom was quite memorable. That summer I wanted to grow in the area of guided reading. I thought that would be the mechanism through which I would drive the most reading growth in my students. I knew … [Read more...] about What’s The Secret For Beating Teacher Burnout?