Ah, summertime! The season of choices. The days are longer. Our schedules are more flexible. The possibilities seem endless. But, before these lazy, luxurious days of summer slip through our fingers, let’s recommit to our own reading lives. Let’s make this the summer of reading whatever we choose, wherever we go, and as often as […]
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.
The research base on student-selected reading is robust and conclusive: Students read more, understand more, and are more likely to continue reading when they have the opportunity to choose what they read. —Richard Allington and Rachel E. Gabriel, “Every Child, Every Day” Ed […]
When working with small groups there is often the temptation to squeeze in just one more kiddo. But one of the most important rules for success with small groups is to remember small means small. Imagine you’ve got six students in a guided reading group and discover one more with similar needs or reading at […]
Don’t give up when things get tough. Work this important is never easy. You can take this next step, whatever it is. Just stick with it long enough to pass through the awkward and uncertain first steps. Dig deep. Be patient. Be tenacious. Refuse to quit. Soon you’ll be able to look back and see […]
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 […]
Because I care so much about you. Because I want you to have a rich and wonderful life. Because without reading, your life will be harder and your choices fewer, And with it a whole world of opportunities will be yours. Because these early years will effect every day of the rest of your life. […]