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Which Kids Benefit from Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology
Which Kids Benefit from Assistive Technology?
January 2, 2016 at 5:20 pm 0
In every class I have ever taught, there are always the following kids: the student with average intelligence who has extremely low decoding skills and the student with significant ADHD symptoms that has trouble sustaining reading for more than a couple minutes at a time. For the first few years of my career, I could […]
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What is Assistive Technology for Reading?
Assistive Technology
What is Assistive Technology for Reading?
December 31, 2015 at 6:01 pm 0
Generally speaking, Assistive Technology is any tool that supports individuals’ ability to learn, communicate and participate in day-to-day life. I know – that’s really broad! Instead of all AT, this blog series is going to focus on Assistive Technology tools that teachers can use to support their students in reading, such as audiobooks.   A […]
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Accelerated Reader
New! A Comprehension Quiz for Every Book in Your Library
December 17, 2015 at 6:44 pm 0
The toughest part of being a good reading teacher, with a vibrant independent reading period and a wide-ranging library, is knowing all the books. Even if you’ve efficiently organized your library around series and reading ladders, it’s not really possible to have read all of the books in your library and remember them well enough […]
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“Maniac” Mike
Shopping for Books with Struggling Readers
“Maniac” Mike
December 11, 2015 at 1:03 am 0
Imagine this scenario …   Teacher: Hey Mike, come on back to the library, I see you need a new book. Do you want to read realistic fiction or fantasy fict… Mike: I want to read The Hunger Games. Teacher: Oh, an excellent book, but… Mike: Yeah, I know, I just saw Mockingjay Part 2. […]
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“Quitting” Quisha
Shopping for Books with Struggling Readers
“Quitting” Quisha
December 11, 2015 at 1:01 am 0
So, you’ve followed Rob’s advice and you’ve helped a student pick a “just right” book. Success! You begin strutting around the classroom, feeling like the world’s best teacher. You check in with her after she’s read the first five pages and she completely gets it. You’re certain she’ll read the entire Dork Diaries series.   The […]
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“Negative” Nelly
Shopping for Books with Struggling Readers
“Negative” Nelly
December 10, 2015 at 7:44 pm 0
Recently I checked the Accelerated Reader data for the four literacy classes that Rob and I teach. Overall, the numbers were good. A significant number of students were on pace to read 250,000 words this quarter, which often equates to a year’s reading growth, if repeated each quarter. I was feeling pretty good until I […]
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“Lazy” Larry
Shopping for Books with Struggling Readers
“Lazy” Larry
December 9, 2015 at 4:13 pm 0
Larry just finished reading a book from the Bluford Series, which is a Level T. Based on your check-ins with him, you know he completely understood it. When you invite Larry over to the library to shop with you, you say to yourself, “Self, this my chance to get Larry reading some harder books. He’s […]
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Using “Alternate Close” to Sell Books to Readers
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Using “Alternate Close” to Sell Books to Readers
November 27, 2015 at 5:35 pm 0
In an earlier post, Matt covered the importance of reading ladders. Once you widely utilize reading ladders and book series in your classroom library, there are simply fewer library conferences that need to take place. This is great because it means we need to spend less time pitching books during Independent Reading, and we can […]
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Reading Levels Help You Build Reading Ladders
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Reading Levels Help You Build Reading Ladders
November 21, 2015 at 8:49 pm 0
Three years ago, Rob and I were super-excited. We got a hot tip about a charity in D.C. that gives away free books. FREE BOOKS! We were so excited. We went there with tons of boxes and loaded up my trusty Honda Accord. In fact the car was so loaded, I could barely see out […]
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Build a classroom library that your kids will love
Independent Reading, Library
Build a classroom library that your kids will love
November 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm 0
If you grew up like me, then your school library was split between fiction and nonfiction and organized by the Dewey Decimal System or alphabetically by author’s last name. And you never used it. Ever. Unless you were being forced to do research for a “country report.” The library smelled weird. The librarian looked weird. […]
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