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7 Ways To Support Reluctant and Struggling Writers in K-2

7 Ways To Support Reluctant and Struggling Writers in K-2

I absolutely love teaching writing. And sharing my enthusiasm for writing with my students generally gets 90% of them “on board.” They look forward to writing time and are engaged in their work. However…there’s still that other 10%. That 10% may consist of kids who dislike writing, find writing difficult, or struggle for some other reason. So…Continue Reading

How To Differentiate Writing Instruction in K-2

How To Differentiate Writing Instruction in K-2

It’s no secret that kids vary greatly in their writing abilities! I think this is true at all grade levels – but especially in the primary grades. Differentiation is a must, since our students are at so many different stages of development! But what does that look like in concrete terms? How do we differentiate writing…Continue Reading

How To Figure Out What To Teach During Writing Conferences or Small Group Writing Lessons

How To Figure Out What To Teach During Writing Conferences or Small Group Writing Lessons

Writing conferences and small group writing lessons are fantastic ways to differentiate your writing instruction. In a writing conference, you typically meet with one student to a) see how their work is going, b) give positive reinforcement about a strategy they are using correctly, and c) teach or review a strategy. You can read more…Continue Reading

How To Integrate Your Literacy Curriculum, District Requirements, Standards, Reading Programs, and Other Literacy Resources (Without Losing Your Mind!)

How To Integrate Your Literacy Curriculum, District Requirements, Standards, Reading Programs, and Other Literacy Resources (Without Losing Your Mind!)

Wouldn’t it be nice if your principal handed you a single document at the beginning of the school year – and that was all that you’d need to teach literacy? But that has never happened to me, and I’m pretty sure it never will! For many of us, every day we struggle to balance resources like: A pacing…Continue Reading

How To Encourage Risk Taking in Young Readers

How To Encourage Risk Taking in Young Readers

A couple of months ago, I was telling my husband, over dinner, about a new book I’d purchased. Mid-conversation, he paused and said, “I wish I could read like you do.” Mouth half-open, I stared at him for a few seconds. “Read? Uh, you know how to read just fine, honey,” I assured him. I wasn’t…Continue Reading

5 Of My Favorite Books About Literacy Instruction

5 Of My Favorite Books About Literacy Instruction

As I’m writing this post, winter break is rapidly approaching. Yay! If you’re looking for a good literacy-related read for your time off (or any old time!), I’m sharing five of my favorites in today’s post!   Note: This post includes Amazon affiliate links. Okay. So honestly, it was hard to pick just five. I…Continue Reading

What To Do When You Can’t Fit All Of The Balanced Literacy Components Into Your Literacy Block

What To Do When You Can’t Fit All Of The Balanced Literacy Components Into Your Literacy Block

Do you have enough time in your daily literacy block? I’m guessing that the answer is no. A while back, I wrote posts about scheduling a balanced literacy block in Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. I included the following as potential components of a literacy block: Shared Reading Guided Reading / Independent Literacy Activities or Centers…Continue Reading

5 Great Apps for Students Learning to Read in Spanish

5 Great Apps for Students Learning to Read in Spanish

If you teach in a bilingual or dual language classroom, you probably already know that apps in Spanish are hard to find! So in today’s post, I’ll be sharing five of my favorites. All of these apps are great for students who are learning to read in Spanish. Important Notes Some of these Spanish reading…Continue Reading