Reading

Boosting Reading Comprehension with Close Reading

I was one of the first people to jump on the “Close Reading” bandwagon, after seeing this video about quality reading instruction. I’ve been really excited to see that other teachers are beginning to blog about it and share their...

How Novel Study Turned My Students Into Readers

I discovered The Giver by Lois Lowry at my school library when I was in fifth grade and fell in love. My first year teaching, I made it a point to read it to my class. One of the things I discovered when I was reading The Giver to my class the first...

Creating Independent Learners Using Interactive Notebooks

Interactive notebooks are a powerful tool when used correctly. My main goal with them is to get students to actually use them to complete work. I love seeing my interactive math and reading notebooks enter a discussion between two students about a...