Tips, Titles and Tools for Teachers

Instructional Resources for Engaging and Inspiring Readers

It's hard to believe that we've reached the end of the first trimester! Valerie recently shared a blog post from Pernille Ripp that perfectly captures this chaotic time of year. I highly encourage you to take a minute to read One Small Thing and determine the one small thing that you can do today that will make a difference.

In this newsletter, I'm sharing resources and blog posts to stretch your thinking about reading workshop. At Atwood, we've been talking about our new Who's Doing the Work lesson sets and how to foster opportunities for our students to navigate a productive struggle. In this newsletter, I have some great tips from Burkins and Yaris to support your instruction.

At Williams, our monthly booktalk this year is From Striving to Thriving: How to Grow Confident, Capable Readers. In this book, Stephanie Harvey reminds us that a good book can be an intervention! I've collected a few blog posts and resources that support independent reading time as one of our most sacred instructional times in the day to engage all readers.

One small thing that we can do to inspire our readers is sign up for World Read Aloud Day on February 1st. I know February seems far away but if you don't act soon, you will miss the chance for a FREE Skype visit with an author! Check out Kate Messner's blog for more information on FREE Skype visits with amazing authors!

As always, I also have some new book recommendations to share. Happy Reading!


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Are You Like Luke or Yoda in the Classroom?

This blogpost is a must read for all teachers! I must admit that I often find myself more like Luke as I support readers by suggesting strategies or providing tips to solve their problems. Burkins and Yaris remind us to "... channel our inner Jedi Master to help us help students become the heroes of their learning stories. Instead of thinking that we must solve whatever problems children face, we think instead, How do I support this young Jedi in figuring out how to help him-or herself? By saying things like "What can you try?" or "What can you figure out?" we help children harness "the force" that empowers them to defeat whatever obstacle they encounter, giving them the strength to manage text independent of us." Take a minute to read this blogpost on how to be more like Yoda in your teaching.

How To Teach So the Learning Sticks

Burkins and Yaris explain three factors that are pivotal to transfer: text selection, opportunities to practice and teacher language. Check out this blogpost for more tips to help the learning stick!

I have extra copies of Who's Doing the Work? available if you would like to borrow one!

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I am enjoying the messages in From Striving to Thriving: How to Grow Confident, Capable Readers. Stephanie replaced "the dooming label 'struggling reader' with the dynamic, effort-based term 'striving reader' because it connotes energy, action and progress." Stephanie Harvey has Ten Tip videos on YouTube that highlight the key points in the book if you want to check them out!

A Few Questions to Re-Discover Your Essentials

As we move into the second trimester, it's the perfect time to stop and reflect on what's really essential. These questions from Pernille Ripp helped me to think about what's most essential to me.

Finding the Time for Independent Reading - Every Day, Every Kid

Pernille RIpp shares great suggestions for how to structure your daily schedule to prioritize the power and impact of independent reading time.

You Are the Kind of Reader Who

I love the ideas in this blogpost about how we can talk to students during our reading conferences. When we say "You are the kind of reader who..." we help each child build his or her reading identity. What kind of reader are you?

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Great Read Aloud Series for Early Readers

Here are a few of my favorite series for K-2 read alouds! If you are looking for a book to read aloud, come check out the new books from our Donors Choose project!

Shelly Moody

Instructional Coach, PreK-5

Atwood Primary School

Williams Elementary School