Students who are pulled-out of class for interventions

You didn’t go into education for the money or the fame. You likely went into it for the given; you love children. Other reasons such as wanting to make a difference in the lives of humans, the enjoyment or passion for a certain content area, being creative in instructional design and delivery, an invested interest in the…

Greece, retention, and the drone life of testing…

Pictured is a friendship bracelet, with the evil eye, from a beloved friend of mine, who I recently stayed with on the island of (take a moment when you click this link to view the photos they capture the island of Methana well) Methana, Greece.  My friend lived in Greece for many years, her husband grew…

Be A Super Hero Reading (and Writing) Teacher For Your Students!

This is for any teacher, in a school or at home, who has early literacy instruction on their agenda! Marie M. Clay, Ph.D. who developed Reading Recovery , has left the world of literacy education a great gift.  When I was trained in Reading Recovery I gained tremendous knowledge and a clear understanding of the foundation on how children…

Are you the best teacher you could be?

Never. Well, perhaps yes, for the moment you are the best you can be.  However, you know it is possible to become better.  In the book “Mindset” by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. writes based on a quote she recalled from the 1960’s, “Becoming is better than being.”  There is always room for growth, and sometimes…

Why can’t you help your emerging first grade readers and writers?

Because you don’t know a thing about teaching reading or writing to emerging first graders. I’m going to share with you a starting point for understanding what your students do know about reading and writing; books, letters, words, sentences, text features, sounds, and more. After completing graduate school with a specialized program of Reading Specialist…

Who needs the kick in the pants? Them or You?

“Our problem is civil obedience.” Are you obedient? I see these t-shirts around these days with the logo “obey” and I think how very wrong a message.  I much prefer the Nike slogan, “Just Do It”. Take yourself through your life, through history, through current events right now. Ask yourself the question is the best…

Classroom Walls

Forget Pinterest, stop the competition for the most spent on classroom decor (which you end up dumping in the trash at the end of the year – think save the environment along with saving your students).  There is no proven research, or hard and fast fact, that a brightly, perfectly, charts abound, children’s names, stick-ups,…

Do You Know How To Teach Reading And Early Writing?

Did you learn how to teach reading while at university or college?  So many, it seems, did not.  I did not learn how to teach reading either; until I was trained as a Reading Recovery teacher. I had experiences of teaching reading, but what I did was fragmented, lacked a systematic approach, was empty of…

2 Ways To Up Your Game

I just did a scope about this. I’ve been following Todd Herman’s work and look forward to taking his 90 Day Year program.  He is a coach.  He told a story about coaching an Olympic Athlete that struck me. Peak performance requires coaching.  Think of any sport; there is a coach, sometimes multiple coaches, especially…