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Category: Teaching Tips

The Summer Before Kindergarten

If you have a child that is about to enter kindergarten, you might find yourself wondering what they need to

Interview with a Middle School Reading Specialist

We know that struggling readers don’t stop struggling when they leave elementary school. I often receive messages from middle school

Intentional Instruction as we Return to School

               We’re about to move into our third school year of this pandemic.  That means the children entering second grade

Book Review: How to Plan Differentiated Reading Instruction

Have you ever started a book and it was so full of theory that you didn’t know how it would

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

I broke up with Lucy Calkins this year.  I fully severed the ties when I threw my Art of Teaching

Keys to Kindergarten Success

               How comfortable are you with writing the letter e?  I think, at this point in our lives, we’re pretty

Teaching Heart Words

Sight words.  High-frequency words. Red Words. Heart words.  Who cares what they are called as long as your kids learn

Introductions are in order

               I’ve started and stopped this first post several times.  The idea of putting myself out there as some kind