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After the MI Reading Association Conference Workshop 3/9/2019

March 10, 2019

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Yesterday I presented on “Mindfulness and the Self-Care Toolbox” at the MI Reading Association conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Even though my room was a 7-minute walk from Registration, a lovely group of participants made the trek. Teachers know that they and their students are stressed and need strategies for self-care. As usual, I had […]

Gaining Ground: Reader Engagement

March 3, 2019

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In my last post about teaching ELA12 readers, I wrote, “I hope that the urge for the social connection that is so strong in teens will inspire them join the circle of people talking about books.” I am seeing some success!  After two weeks of seeing only a handful of students complete the Signpost assignment […]

Talking Circles For Assessment, Instruction, & Motivation in ELA12

February 16, 2019

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I hope that the urge for the social connection that is so strong in teens will inspire them join the circle of people talking about books.

Celebrating Curiosity, Inviting Inquiry

January 23, 2019

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What happens when I have the courage to invite my students to question every claim, even mine, and never stop asking, "What evidence supports this claim?"

Assessing Independent Reading

December 30, 2018

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In my last post, I discussed what I learned from spending time reading in the ways I ask my students to read for my classes. As I was writing, I began thinking about the ways I assess independent reading, so here’s a follow-up post about assessment. First of all, what am I assessing? I am […]

10 Books, 24 Hours: Winter Break Reading Challenge

December 29, 2018

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Today an article arrives in an email from Troy Hicks. It discusses a report about literacy instruction. It says, The brief stresses the responsibility of schools and educators to allocate more instructional time and resources to well-stocked classroom libraries and to preparing teachers to engage in ef­fective, interactive read-alouds. “Reading time needs to be a […]

Around the Loom I Go! A Knitting Yarn

December 9, 2018

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My pursuit of warm scarves in colors of my choice leads me to take up a hobby–that brings me back around to the topic of my research for the past 4 years: mindfulness! Click on this LINK to read a journal about my 1st year of knitting on a loom. As often happens with subjects […]