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Strength in Numbers: Building a Community of Readers

The same principal can and should apply when building a community of readers. While educators are increasingly asked to do more with less, their sphere of influence is singular.​

How Student Choice Empowers Readers

Guiding kids to purse their own interests inspires their excitement to learn.  

5 Ways to Assess Reading Comprehension Without Constantly Testing

Is it an art or science to measuring reading comprehension? Many educators are forced to teach to the test, to ensure students can answer questions correctly on a standardized assessment​

For Reading Assessments, Say Goodbye to Bubble Tests and Hello to Instant Feedback

When I first started as an educator, digital reading assessments simply did not exist—and we didn’t think they would for a very long time. Today, with digital assessment tools and 1:1 devices, we now have the luxury of evaluating our students every day if we want. More frequent reading assessments allow us to get to know our students better and provide a more personalized learning experience that is customized to fit their needs.

The Five Essential Elements of Reading…and Your English Language Learner Students

I began my fifth grade year in a small military town in Maryland, at a new school, knowing no one but my immediate family members, and I didn’t speak English. Most of my memories from that school year involve me sitting in front of books, of which one always included an English-Spanish dictionary. My teacher, Mrs.

It’s Worth the Struggle–The Power of Peer Reviews Using Digital Literacy Tools

Students today write like they never have before-both in print and online. Young or inexperienced writers need to both observe proficient writers at work and share in writing events in authentic and well-supported ways.

Assessing Reading Fluency–Word Recognition Automaticity

In my previous blog I presented a simple approach for assessing students’ word recognition accuracy.

Wait, What? You Wanted Me To Do What? The Importance of Visible Thinking Routines For Student Clarity

I strongly believe that the more transparent and explicit we are in communicating with students in what we view as exemplar work, the more equipped they will be as we apply the gradual release of responsibility. And isn’t that the end goal? To have students independently applying strategies explored in class, synthesizing data and stories, and ultimately creating new meaning?

Assessing Reading Fluency – Word Recognition Accuracy

Reading fluency has been identified by the Common Core Standards as a foundational reading competency.   This means that readers must have a solid foundation in reading fluency before they are able to move on to deeper and more sophisticated levels of reading (e.g.

Inquiry-Driven Student Choice in The Digital Classroom

Creating a digital classroom is essential to engaging students in learning for today’s YouTube generation.  We all know the “one size fits all” approach does not work.

Getting Back to School with English Language Learners

Like many of you, I am gearing up for the start of another amazing school year. With this, a plethora of feelings arise; I like to call this my “end of summer blues”. My emotions range from excited to sad (summer vacation is always difficult to part ways with!) to excited (a fresh start is always a good feeling) and scared (unknown challenges lie ahead tend to play tricks with your mind) to fearlessness (I can overcome any new challenge!).

Thoughts from a student…and a parent.

From time to time,  we receive messages and pictures from students and, occasionally, their parents.