Fluent Reading and Spelling – new product at TpT

I hope you’ll take a look at my updated resource on TpT! My primary grade students and struggling readers excelled with these materials and I know your students will too! Sound-Along combines music, pictures, make-and-break lessons, and little books for ample engagement and practice so every student can master Common Core phonemes. Take a look at this preview to see how Sound-Along works and go to the TpT tab to.. Read More

Save at TpT – today and tomorrow only!

In case you’ve been truly unplugged this summer and are in denial about the school year that’s about to begin, you may not know that for the next two days Teachers Pay Teachers is having their back to school sale. You don’t want to miss these prices! TpT discounts everything on the site, and individual sellers like yours truly offer additional discounts on their wonderful products. This is THE BEST.. Read More

New Products on Teachers Pay Teachers, Available Now!

I am beyond excited about my new Super Task Cards! that are now available on my Teachers Pay Teachers site! It’s been faaaaaar toooooo looooong since I posted a new product to my TpT store, so thanks for hanging in there during my hiatus. I hope you’ll check out the three sets of task cards I’ve created to help students practice foundational reading skills outlined in the K-2 Common Core… Read More

High-Impact Practices for Literacy: A Free Professional Learning Opportunity

For the past year or so I’ve been involved in an exciting project that has enormous potential for improving the teaching and learning of literacy in our schools. The SOAR (Strategic Observation and Reflection) Teaching Frames™ for Literacy are a research-based tool that articulates instructional practices that have the greatest impact on student achievement and address the Common Core Standards. The Frames clearly define those practices and the professional growth.. Read More

3 Ideas for Teaching Description

Has this concept made its way to your school or district? I recently heard a teacher refer to “descriptive” as a genre that stands on its own, much like narrative or poetry. I was really surprised! Description is used to convey images, feelings, and experiences that help us better understand the content or author’s message. Descriptive writing contains details that the writer uses to elaborate on their ideas. These details.. Read More

A Small Addition to Reading Today Magazine

You just never know where a Facebook post will take you.  Case in point: I follow the International Literacy Association (formerly International Reading Association) Facebook page and enjoy the articles and research they highlight in my newsfeed.  It’s a great way to stay connected in a timely fashion.  The other day the page managers posted a question for readers:  What is one word or phrase you would ban?”  It didn’t.. Read More

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

Do You Have What it Takes to Create a Performance Task? Yes You Do!

Performance Tasks play an important role in next-generation assessments of Common Core State Standards.  This leaves teachers wondering: What defines a quality Performance Task?  How do Performance Tasks used in on-demand assessments compare with those used in the classroom?  What is a Performance Task anyway? The answers to these and many more questions can be found in the professional learning experience I’ve created here at LitCentric.com.  It’s easy to follow,.. Read More

Academic Language MOOC Coming Soon – and it’s free!

Take a look at this free MOOC hosted by Stanford University.  “Seven Essential Practices for Developing Academic Oral Language and Literacy in Every Subject” is taught by the authors of Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms: Dr. Susan O’Hara of UC Davis, Dr. Jeff Zwiers of Stanford University, and Dr. Bob Pritchard of Sacramento State.  I’m looking forward to everything I’ll learn!  Join me and sign up soon, it starts.. 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

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