The beginning of the school year is a great time to hit reset in your classroom. Although winter break was only a couple of weeks and not a couple of months, chances are that your students could use a chance to reflect on your classroom goals and expectations for your class as a reading community as well as a chance to identify and set goals and expectations of their own. In this blog post we will tackle setting goals around your reading … [Read more...] about Reset Your Reading Block With Goal Setting
I used to struggle with the idea that I was supposed to be taking time off during extended breaks. My pendulum swung from complete sloth who is not doing anything all day long to super over productive who doesn’t know how to take a break and misses out on the fun and memories with her family. I often started my breaks with no real sense of what I wanted to leave them feeling like and would return to work either not feeling fully rested or … [Read more...] about 4 Steps for Crafting a Great Winter Break
Each year you work painstakingly to encourage your students to be readers and build their reading stamina, and it works until a break happens. Although breaks are great for rejuvenation and recharging they can often be the killer of reading lives for students for a variety of reasons. That’s why I wanted to share this short list of easy ways to encourage your students to read over the long break. 1. Cultivate a culture of reading. … [Read more...] about 3 Tips to Keep Kids Reading Over Break
Some people believe that teaching is a science, while others believe that it is an art. I believe that it is both. Years of studies have been done on best teaching practices that help students achieve their highest potential. Yet, we teachers still struggle to implement these practices because they are often shrink wrapped in one size fit all curriculums. As teachers we are often told to make sure that we have our pulse … [Read more...] about How Do I Write A Mini Lesson?