Dystopian literature is a staple in most ELA classrooms. Here are some ideas for teaching it and making it more relevant: Watch National Geographic's documentary about North Korea on YouTube and … [Read more...] about Making Dystopian Literature Relevant
No matter what you teach, at some point you will be a reading teacher. When students struggle in social studies or science, it is often because they are struggling with reading comprehension. This … [Read more...] about Five Reading Strategies for Any Content Area (with a Free Graphic Organizer)
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
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