Who doesn’t like the book Holes, by Louis Sachar? This is one of my favorite books from my elementary/middle school years. And because it’s such a good book, I wanted my Book Club kids to connect to a descriptive passage in it. Continue reading
My Book Club is made of eighth grade Reading Intervention students who really struggle with reading. One of my girls told me, point blank on the first day, “I don’t read.” My goal is to change that by making reading fun and by caring about the students and working with them individually over the course of the three/four weeks. Continue reading
Today’s (and this week’s) Book Club topic is making connections, specifically making a Text-to-Self connection. To help my students understand this, I created a presentation and notes sheet. Continue reading
After reading aloud and realizing that my students were struggling with comprehension, I decided to create a set of scaffolded notes for them to take home over the weekend and complete while reading. Continue reading
As an aspiring teacher, I find myself motivated by articles, especially those written by teachers or those pertaining to my content areas of English/Reading/Creative Writing. Continue reading
I took over planning for today’s session with the ten-year-old boy. Continue reading
This is probably one of the most simple, but useful things I’ve realized in my teaching experience so far: reading aloud to students is extremely important.
I’ll say it again, reading aloud to students is extremely important [my Diagnostic/Remedial Reading professor would be so proud!] Continue reading
I came across this article in searching for reading strategies specific to middle-schoolers. I wanted to focus on the 6th-8th age group just because I’ve been in a 10th grade classroom a lot this year and I wanted to make sure I could find strategies that could apply to a younger age as well.
The name ‘Tea Party’ doesn’t sound exceptionally promising, but this strategy actually has many useful components. Continue reading