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The Principles Behind the Units of Study in Phonics (Part 3)

This excerpt from A Guide to the Phonics Units of Study focuses on the importance of high engagement and supporting all members of a learning community.  (continue reading)

The Guiding Principles Behind the Units of Study in Phonics (Part 2)

This week we discuss two of the guiding principles of the Units of Study in Phonics: 1) a lean, efficient curriculum, and 2) going beyond item knowledge.  (continue reading)

The Guiding Principles Behind the Units of Study in Phonics (Part 1)

The following excerpt from the Guide describes 2 of the principles behind the phonics units: teaching for transfer and building on the research of experts.  (continue reading)

The Inside Scoop of Workshop Teaching: Building a Community of Readers and Writers K-5

What better way to start the year than by inviting students to share stories from their own lives?  (continue reading)

Ending the Year with Energy and Beyond

The last few days of school, which once seemed so far-away we could barely imagine them, are on the horizon, coming into sharper relief and clearer focus every day.  (continue reading)

Kid-Driven Classrooms: Empowering our Youngest Learners to Take the Reins of Their Reading and Writing Lives. K-2

What does a truly kid-driven classroom look like? Reflecting on this question can lead to some powerful decisions.  (continue reading)

Read Aloud: Laying a Foundation that Inspires Joy and Curiosity, K-2

Strategically planning your daily read-alouds can help you get the most out of this valuable practice.  (continue reading)

Time for Transfer! Using & Reusing Charts & Tools Kids Have Accessed Throughout the Year into Upcoming Units & Into Life, K-8

There are many things that can be done to help students use everything they know even when there isn’t an adult right next to them to remind them to do it.  (continue reading)

Building on the Work of Previous Units to Boost the Level of Nonfiction Engagement and Agency, Grades 3-5

April is a time of year the time of year when seasons change. From winter to spring for some. From basketball to baseball others. From fiction to nonfiction for others. However, when seasons change, it doesn’t mean we throw out everything and start all over again from scratch.  (continue reading)

Five Kinds of Nonfiction: Rethinking Your Book Collection, K-8

Consider your nonfiction collection in your own classroom, as well as the way that you use nonfiction texts with your students. Do you read aloud nonfiction for enjoyment? Do your students know how to approach different types of nonfiction reading with different strategies?  (continue reading)

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