Before I started teaching, a mentor gave me The First Days of School by Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong. I read it then, and I've revisited it every summer before going back to school. I really … [Read more...] about The Most Important Book a Teacher Will Read
I've worked with students who struggle with learning disabilities for many years. School was always relatively easy for me. That's why it can be hard to relate to the challenges my students face. … [Read more...] about I Experienced How it Feels to Have a Learning Disability…This is What it Was Like
As spring fever begins to set in, teaching becomes much more difficult. Students and teachers alike are reflecting on the year gone by, but mostly dreaming of summer. Here are five ways I like to keep … [Read more...] about Five Ways to Engage Kids at the End of The Year
My middle school students struggle daily with the task of identifying unknown words. Students who don't spend a lot of free time reading are especially at risk for lacking vocabulary knowledge. There … [Read more...] about Help! My Students Can’t Define Words Using Context Clues!
“Reading is the skill.” –Doug Lemov, Teach Like a Champion. As kids get older, teachers tend to do fewer and fewer read-alouds. This robs students of a valuable experience and makes them feel that … [Read more...] about Why We Need to Read Aloud to Big Kids