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3 Reasons Why It’s Okay to Do a Readaloud (Just for the Sake of Doing a Readaloud)

3 Reasons Why It’s Okay to Do a Readaloud (Just for the Sake of Doing a Readaloud)

Recently, I’ve been working on creating lists of great picture books for the primary grades. I’m expanding my book lists for teaching different reading comprehension strategies. And I’m looking forward to sharing those lists in future blog posts! But first…I want to talk about something that I feel strongly about: the importance of the readaloud. Every day, we use books for a variety…Continue Reading

Help! My Students Don’t Write Enough!

Help! My Students Don’t Write Enough!

You’ve heard the phrase, “less is more,” right? Well, there are definitely situations where that doesn’t apply. Ice cream is one of those situations :), and another one is students’ writing! In today’s post, I’m sharing the strategies that I use when some of my students just aren’t writing enough.   Photo Credit: racom, Shutterstock The Problem…Continue Reading

How To Help Primary Students Take Risks With Invented Spelling

How To Help Primary Students Take Risks With Invented Spelling

If you teach the primary grades, you are likely no stranger to invented spelling! I love that meme! 🙂 Anyway, if you’re not familiar with the term, invented spelling is just “kid spelling” – kids’ attempts to spell words by using what they know about our language’s sound system and other words they know. Invented spelling…Continue Reading

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