Names: The Foundation for Reading and Writing

Learning to read and write is a big task! Luckily, our children enter preschool and kindergarten already equipped with one of the most powerful…

3 Books that Promote Positive Classroom Culture

Teachers often ask us to recommend books that promote a positive classroom culture. Below are some wonderful read alouds that can help children learn…

Motivated Readers

Important Factors for Improving Your Student’s Reading Motivation

When children choose books that interest them their motivation to read, and make sense of the texts improves. In addition to a rich classroom…

Immersion to improve student writing

Don’t overlook this critical aspect of genre studies…

Pre-Writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing and Publishing. While these are the five steps most closely, and most generally associated with the writing process, we must…

Publishing Party Presenter

How to Celebrate Student Writing with Publishing Parties

There Destiny stood, all of four feet tall, holding a single piece of paper tightly in her hands.  She smiled proudly, anxiously awaiting her…

Literature Circle

Why Literature Circles are an Important Part of Student Learning & How to Implement Them

Here’s what students had to say about the literature circles in their classrooms: “I get to ask more questions and learn more by talking…

When Marion Sang

Books for National Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History Month. What better way to celebrate the legacy of female resilience, ingenuity, and limitless possibilities than with rich, diverse,…

Supporting Our Newcomers with Literature

Stories of the journeys taken by refugees touch all of our lives. Perhaps we have neighbors, friends, or family who are refugees. Perhaps we…

Lesson Study

Lesson Study Inspires Teachers

The first, and highly successful lesson study cycle at Grissom Elementary (Houston Independent School District) inspired its kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers to collaborate…

Turn and Talk

6 Easy Ways to Improve Turn & Talk for Student Language Development

Turn and Talk, in which children are partnered up to take turns listening and speaking with one another, is a common classroom practice with…

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