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12.14.17 An Excerpt from Chapter 1 of Reading Reconsidered

Over the next couple of months, I’m going to be posting some excerpts from Reading Reconsidered here on Field Notes.  This is the beginning of Chapter 1, which discusses Text Selection and Text Complexity. Chapter 1: Text Selection One of the most important topics in teaching reading is text selection, the process by which teachers choose…


01.06.15 Text Selection: A Tiny Teaser from Reading Reconsidered

Teach Like a Champion 2.0 comes out tomorrow. I’m excited and at the same time, I’m a tiny bit distracted as I am “on deadline” writing, with Erica Woolway and Colleen Driggs, our magnum opus (that term is tongue in cheek) on literacy: Reading Reconsidered. Writing, I am reminded every time I am foolish enough to…


03.22.14 Putting a Bow On It: A Brief Note on Text Selection

I just wrote a post about Turn and Talks here.  I hope it was useful.  In re-reading it, I was struck by another commonality among the three classrooms I described in the post and wanted to put a bow on it.  Not only are the amazing classrooms of Rue Ratray, Maggie Johnson and Eric Snider highly…