Let’s Talk Stamina

Stamina in literacy learning has been a popular topic lately, and rightfully so.  Without it, students are unable to tackle the challenges that come with close reading, for example, and can’t follow through on more straightforward tasks either.  When I’ve seen stamina addressed in classrooms I’ve mostly seen it tied to the clock.  Teachers are timing students to see how long they can read without getting fidgety or needing a.. Read More

Close Reading Q & A

Last week I was fortunate enough to spend 3 days leading a group of 40 primary teachers in an exploration of close reading and the Common Core State Standards.  It was a busy 3 days!  We spent time viewing the best examples out there (of which there are unfortunately few), learning what prominent researchers have to say, shifting our thinking about comprehension and writing instruction, and collaborating to design lessons.. Read More

Common Core 2nd Grade ELA Unit – Incredible!

I am so fortunate to work with some incredible educators, many of whom I consider Common Core experts. They have worked with the new standards for several years, deconstructing each one, analyzing student work, collaborating to design new units, and learning new instructional strategies to meet their students’ needs. Pretty remarkable. One such educator I work with is a talented second grade teacher in a high-needs school. We worked together.. Read More

Reciprocal Teaching Materials #1 on TeachersPayTeachers!

Wow! I found out today that when you do a search for “reciprocal teaching” on TeachersPayTeachers my materials pop up first! That’s so exciting! I’m pretty sure that means mine are the most downloaded reciprocal teaching resource on the site. Awesome! They are actually my best seller…who knew? 🙂 I’ve gotten great feedback on them from customers who chose to leave comments. Thank you for your feedback and your purchase!.. Read More

Learn About Close Reading

I’m excited to share that this July I’ll be hosting a 3-day institute all about close reading! We’ll be exploring the strategy and learning how K-2 students can be taught to read closely. But that’s not all! We’ll learn how to relate our close reading lessons to writing across the three text-types in the Common Core. Read all about it: Follow this link to the homepage of the Area 3.. Read More

Professional Development for Close Reading

Our CTA Teacher Leadership Cohort (TLC) is wrapping up today! It’s been a wonderful year learning and growing with 23 other educators from across California and of course, with the amazing professional development staff at CTA. As part of my reflection process I created a Prezi to share a bit about my project and what the future holds. Enjoy!  

UC Davis Academic Literacy Summit 2014

Greetings to everyone involved in the ALS this year! I’m posting my workshop packet here so that participants, and other interested parties, can access it as needed. I love that most workshops and conferences now are going green, and I love to have digital handouts that I can access whenever I wish. It’s great! I’m presenting my workshop entitled “Close Reading and the Common Core: What Does it Look Like.. Read More

Another Plug for Reciprocal Teaching

I got a fun message on Facebook today from a friend and fellow teacher who’s been concerned about her 6th grade intervention group. We discussed comprehension approaches she might try and of course I suggested my favorite, Reciprocal Teaching. Along with my suggestion, I sent her a free copy of my Reciprocal Teaching packet on TeachersPayTeachers.com and a link to some great videos from our Canadian friends. These 6 videos.. Read More

Close Reading Lessons for K-2 Readers

I’ve been busy working on some close reading lessons using informational mentor texts and they’re finally available on TeachersPayTeachers.com. “Reading and Writing Up Close: Set 3” features narrative, informational, explanatory, and opinion writing ideas matched with three great primary texts: From Tadpole to Frog, Germs Make Me Sick, and Surprising Sharks (one of my all time faves). Not to mention in-depth text dependent questions and comprehensible anchor charts and printables… Read More

Another Opportunity to Learn about Close Reading K-2

I’m excited to share that I’ll be presenting at this year’s Academic Literacy Summit at UC Davis! My workshop is entitled “Close Reading and the Common Core: What does it Look Like for Primary Students?” This is the workshop that blossomed into my “Reading and Writing Up Close” resource on TeachersPayTeachers. I’m excited to share it with a new group of educators and future educators on February 6th!  

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