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

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

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

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!  

Excited about Reading and Writing Up Close!

I am beyond excited to share what I’ve been up to lately with my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I’ve been working hard on a new product that is truly unique! I’ve created a model for close reading that is designed for primary students, grades K, 1st, and 2nd. Children this young can and should be taught the fundamentals of close reading so they can be successful in later grades. And.. Read More

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a safe New Year’s Eve and is looking forward to 2014 as much as I am. 2013 brought so many unexpected blessings and opportunities, I hope the new year is equally giving! I spent the evening registering for CTA’s Good Teaching Conference North in San Jose. Our Teacher Leadership Cohort will be presenting some of our work. I’m excited to see my TLC colleagues again and.. Read More

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