Tips, Titles and Tools for Teachers

A Weekly Collection of Instructional Resources

A New Adventure

After seeing a Smore newsletter posted on Twitter by a literacy coach, I decided to create one of my own as a way to share resources with you each week. My goal with this weekly newsletter is to provide you with an archive of a few instructional resources I've collected during the week that may help you in your classroom. I thought creating a newsletter would be an easier way to organize websites, articles and book recommendations for you. There are so many ideas available through articles, books, videos and online resources that it can be overwhelming. My hope is to share a few with you each week in a format you can return to when you have time. If you are interested in resources related to a specific topic that you would like included in these newsletters or if you have a resource to share, please let me know.

Happy Reading!


Using Digital Reading Logs

I highly encourage you to check out BiblioNasium as a tool for your reading workshop this spring! It is an interactive, engaging website where students can track their reading. It has log-ins for students, parents and educators. After setting up your classroom, you can recommend books, set challenges and share your own reading. Some of my favorite features are that students can recommend books to one another, write book reviews and use the reading log to track their daily reading. This FREE website has been approved as safe for children under 13. I know many of you are using paper reading logs with your students, but I think this web-based tool would be engaging and appealing to your readers while increasing motivation, engagement and reflection during independent reading. Take a minute to check out this link!

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I thought the best way to see this program in action was to have Jacob log some of the books he's read this year. We both loved the way the books are displayed visually! Jacob loved seeing the covers of the books he's read, as opposed to listing the titles on paper. Asking students what they notice about their individual book shelf could encourage them to reflect on their reading choices and preferences.
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This snapshot shows the variety of tools included on the site. Students can search for a book title and then sort books into categories, such as finished or titles they want to read. Jacob was able to navigate the site independently when adding books to his log and wish list, so I think it would be user-friendly for all of our readers after providing an introduction to the tools and links. Enjoy!

Top 10 Ways to Get Students Talking

"If what we say shows what we care about, then our conversations with readers are priceless." ~ Tammy Mulligan

I know we have talked a lot about the value and purpose of conferring with students during reading and writing workshop. I thought that these 10 questions and prompts shared by Tammy Mulligan might help you during your conferences.

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