Fake Reading

I just read a great article that offers tips to combat "fake reading" and to build genuine reading stamina -- something our kids are sorely lacking. In Berit Gordon's article "Choice Reading and the Class Novel: The Cure for Fake Reading," she advocates teaching close reading skills through teacher-selected passages of class novels.  To build... Continue Reading →

Reading and Writing Strategies

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) has done an awesome job scouring the planet for research-based best practices designed to optimize student learning.  They've sequenced and bundled these strategies so students could be explicitly taught how to learn.  But, the strategies are great in isolation when used to support non-AVID lessons that need scaffolding. I've searched... Continue Reading →

4-3-2-1 Formative Assessment

One of the key factors for time efficiency in the classroom is monitoring student progress routinely.   We need to know if our students are learning what we're teaching.  Finding out on the test day is too late for the kids.  If they don't know the content by then, they fail the assessment. When time... Continue Reading →

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