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Close Reading Lesson: Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya

Close reading is when a reader analyzes the details of a text to make interpretations and develop a deep understanding of the passage. Often the reader uses a short text and rereads the passage several times focusing on a different literary element with each read... Continue Reading

May 11, 2017

A Guide to Getting Feedback from Students and Using It to Improve Your Teaching

The end of the school year and the summer time is a reflective time for me, as I am sure it is for most educators. An important part of my reflection is the feedback I receive from my students.

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July 5, 2016

Classroom Library Organization Tips for K–5 Teachers

Last year I wrote a blog post about creating a classroom environment where students can be immersed in literacy experiences. One of the elements I briefly touched on as a foundation of a literacy-rich environment were classroom libraries. Today I felt it would be helpful to expound on the topic of libraries by discussing classroom library organization tips.

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June 23, 2016

5th Grade Summer Reading List

While it may be tempting to spend all summer at the beach or by the pool, it's important that emerging readers practice their reading skills over the break. Picking a few books from a 5th grade summer reading list can help kids keep their reading skills in tip-top shape.

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June 20, 2016

4th Grade Summer Reading List

While it may be tempting to spend all summer at the beach or by the pool, it's important that emerging readers practice their reading skills over the break. Picking a few books from a 4th grade summer reading list can help kids keep their reading skills in tip-top shape.

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June 15, 2016

3rd Grade Summer Reading List

While it may be tempting to spend all summer at the beach or by the pool, it's important that emerging readers practice their reading skills over the break. Picking a few books from a 3rd grade summer reading list can help kids keep their reading skills in tip-top shape.

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June 13, 2016

2nd Grade Summer Reading List

While it may be tempting to spend all summer at the beach or by the pool, it's important that emerging readers practice their reading skills over the break. Picking a few books from a 2nd grade summer reading list can help kids keep their reading skills in tip-top shape.

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