Tagged with teaching reading

This Book Made Me Throw Up (in a good way)

I have been sitting here staring at the screen for about 20 minutes. I have been avoiding this post for about 4 weeks. I don’t even know why. About a month ago, I read two books back to back: The Still Point of the Turning World by Emily Rapp and Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala. I … Continue reading

How do you read? (A Marsden Giberter)

Teaching reading is hard because students don’t realize what they do when they read. There’ s an innate knowledge involved, and they (most likely) have never been asked to describe their reading process. In order for them to move forward in their reading skills, they need to understand what skills they already have. Enter the … Continue reading

Speed Dating/Speed Reading Activity

Speed Dating/Speed Reading Activity

I had two energizing, amazing classes last week doing this activity, so I wanted to share. Has anyone ever participated in speed dating? I, sadly, have not. It came about after I had met Adam, but I had many colleagues who went to speed dating sessions throughout the city. Speed dating, for those of you … Continue reading

Classroom Libraries: Shelves versus Bins

Classroom Libraries: Shelves versus Bins

I spent three years as the Literacy Coach at my high school. This was during the time when the Teachers College Reading & Writing Workshop was the mandated balanced literacy curriculum in 9th grade and it was trying to push its way up to 10th grade and dreaming of living in 11th grade as well. … Continue reading

Writing Teachers Must Write

nulla dies sine linea (Never a day without a line) –Horace, 65-8 BC My goal this summer is to post once a day and to develop this site into something more substantial. We have been creating the RTP process at my college (That’s Reappointment, Tenure, & Promotion for anyone who doesn’t know. I can’t even … Continue reading

Mix It Up (Reading Strategy)

Mix It Up (Reading Strategy)

For the past seven weeks, I have been edging my way through Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. I started it on the airplane on the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the National Writing Project’s Urban Sites Network Conference, and from page one I was captivated. But … Continue reading