As I prepare to head off to my favorite weekend of the entire year, the annual NCTE convention, I am revisiting a few books that have played a role in shaping my path as a literacy educator. Today, I am giving much of my attention to two texts that have had a huge impact on … Continue reading It’s Monday! What are you reading? 11/12/18
I've been thinking lately that my fifth graders need more opportunities to talk about books that they are reading and learn about books that may be new to them. We often do book talks as a whole class and partner talks, but I wanted to incorporate a more fun and casual way to chat about … Continue reading Book Mingle!
My first four days of school have come and gone. It's now the weekend, and I am back in my beloved, currently fog-draped, city of San Francisco for a couple days reflecting on the past week and planning ahead for the days to come. This morning, I'm thinking about our first few days of reading … Continue reading Wonder: The First Few Days of Reading Workshop
Small Writing/Big Idea Think back to your days in school. What is it that you remember most as a student? Field trips, assemblies, friendships, great teachers, reading, writing? You might be wondering why I tacked on reading and writing to the end of this list. Recently, in casual conversation at school, a couple people were … Continue reading What Kids Remember…
With only 9 days of school left, we're in the midst of making plans for summer reading! Today, I invited my fifth graders to recommend a book to others in class for potential summer reading. They were so excited as they raced through the classroom library to find loved books that they had read previously … Continue reading Planning for Summer Reading: Read Aloud!