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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

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

The Best Gift For Teachers To Give (Or Get!)

The Best Gift For Teachers To Give (Or Get!)

If you’re a teacher like me, you probably have mixed feelings about the weeks between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. It’s such a beautiful time of the year – but the kids also get a little bit rowdy, you’re scrambling to put together student gifts or holiday projects…..and then there’s your OWN holiday baking and shopping.…Continue Reading

5 Great Literacy Apps for K-2 Teachers and Students

5 Great Literacy Apps for K-2 Teachers and Students

There are a lottttt of apps out there! About 5 years ago, I helped pilot a 1:1 iPad program with my Kindergarteners. At that time, there were fewer education apps available (so much changes in 5 years!). Still, there were sooo many to choose from. And honestly? I went a little app crazy! I downloaded more than my…Continue Reading

How To Use ReadWorks Digital To Create Engaging, Differentiated Independent Work For Your Primary Students

How To Use ReadWorks Digital To Create Engaging, Differentiated Independent Work For Your Primary Students

Finding independent work or centers activities for the primary grades can be really difficult! Sure, there are plenty of great ideas out there. But it’s not always easy to find something that a) students can complete independently and b) is meaningful and engaging. And I’m a big believer in having students read and write as much…Continue Reading

How I Use a 2-Binder System To Stay Organized for Guided Reading

How I Use a 2-Binder System To Stay Organized for Guided Reading

Isn’t it funny how guided reading lessons can take FOREVER to plan? One guided reading lesson is relatively short, and the time just flies by. But preparing for it can certainly be time-consuming! When I’m working with groups at different levels (which is…always), it’s hard to keep everything straight. Sometimes I forget which strategy I want…Continue Reading

5 Mistakes I’ve Made When Teaching Guided Reading

5 Mistakes I’ve Made When Teaching Guided Reading

Teaching is all about making decisions. Decision…after decision…after decision. Research indicates that teachers make a few thousand instructional decisions in ONE school day. Whoa! Inevitably, we’re all going to make some decisions that we later regret or second-guess. I make mistakes ALL the time. I just choose to view them as learning opportunities for myself.…Continue Reading

Two Must-Teach Types of Guided Reading Lessons That Promote Student Independence

Two Must-Teach Types of Guided Reading Lessons That Promote Student Independence

What I do with students during guided reading varies (a bit) from lesson to lesson. Generally, however, my guided reading lessons tend to fit into one of two categories: Anchor lesson Student-driven lesson Categorizing my lessons this way has been SO helpful to me. It’s allowed me to release more responsibility to my students. In turn, they’ve become…Continue Reading

How To Build Reading Confidence in Pre-Readers

How To Build Reading Confidence in Pre-Readers

If you teach Kindergarten or first grade, you probably spend time working with students who are pre-readers – who can’t yet read traditionally. We spend a lot of time teaching letter sounds, simple sight words, and basic skills to those kiddos. All of this is good, but they also need to have experiences reading real…Continue Reading

What Is a Reading Workshop Minilesson?

What Is a Reading Workshop Minilesson?

In last week’s post, I described what reading workshop is and how it can be modified to work in primary classrooms. Today I’m going to go more in-depth on an essential component of reading workshop: the minilesson. In today’s post, I’ll discuss the structure of a minilesson and how to figure out what to teach…Continue Reading