I write today to remind you of an important upcoming assessment, the TSR (Test of Summer Reading).The purpose of the TSR is to determine if the instruction provided to students during the 2015-16 school year has prepared them to maintain authentic reading lives during summer vacation.
I love a bargain. I’m a sucker for a red sticker. Yet, lately I’m losing patience with chaotic clearance racks. I know there are gems hidden amongst the muck. But, my tolerance for everything all jumbled and jam-packed together is lower and lower all the time. Just across the aisle from the crowded sales racks […]
It doesn’t matter what type of reading instruction, materials, or system you have in place in your school or classroom. It doesn’t matter if your state has adopted or rejected the Common Core Standards. It doesn’t matter if your school is high-poverty or high-income. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been teaching for 30 years or […]
Teachers new to reading workshop sometimes say things like, “There’s no way my kids can stay engaged for 30-45 minutes of independent reading. That’s just too long and they’re too distractible!” My reply . . . Don’t despair! You’re kids can become engaged independent readers for long stretches of time every day. Sometimes, lack of […]
Are you wondering how to jump start independent reading in your classroom? Do you need reassurance you’re on the right track? Are you looking for a resource to encourage a staff member or colleague. Then check out this great support tool put together by Scholastic with author Jennifer Serravallo answering your toughest questions to how make […]
In a world of over-scheduling and too many options, it’s easy to say, “I just can’t find the time.” But how we spend our time is clear evidence of what we value. And in the classroom, how we have students spend their precious time is no different. So, if we value reading – authentic eyes-on-print reading – […]
We’ve got a whole lot going on in our classrooms during independent reading time, and because we’re busy with small groups and individual conferences, it can be tricky to truly understand what’s working for our readers and what’s not. So, sometimes the best teaching can no teaching at all. Sometimes we need to taking a […]