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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

04.28.17 ‘Embedding Complex Fiction’

  My littlest daughter and I just started the 8th book in the Little House on the Prairie series.  She loves that series- just as her older sister did.  In fact their shared love of Little House led to a useful realization last week..  My mom was in town and had just finished telling us that…


04.26.17 On Teaching College: Interview with Norman Eng

Norman Eng is a doctor of education with an unusual background. As an advertising executive prior to his teaching career, he helped clients realize their communication goals and took away a major lesson—know your target audience. This informed his understanding of teaching as an elementary school teacher and then as an adjunct assistant professor of childhood…


04.25.17 Why Reading Aloud to Students is So Critical to Vocabulary

Last night, after reading aloud to my daughter and tucking her in, I was mopping up a bit of work from the day and came across a reminder of this observation by Isabel Beck: “The source of later vocabulary learning shifts [as students get older] to written texts–what children read [as opposed to what they hear]. …


04.12.17 Clip of the Week: Courtney Betar’s Show Call

Show Call is one of my favorite teaching techniques.  It’s essentially a visible Cold Call.  You assign a written task and then, when it’s done, choose an example or two and project to the class. I love how it puts student work at the center of the classroom, making it visible and tangible so everyone can…