Category Archives: Curriculum

16 Jul

Reading Block: Independent Work

This is something I’ve played around with a lot over the years, and I’m excited for my plan for this

14 Jul

Reading Block: Task

After we complete our close read of a text (which, remember, might just be a portion of the text, I

13 Jul

Reading Block: Quick Write

At some point during the close read (and I’m very strategic about this because this is one of the ways

12 Jul

Reading Block: Close Read

As part of my series on my new and improved reading block, today I’m exploring the close reading portion of

11 Jul

Reading Block: Inferencing Warm-Up

As part of my series on my new and improved reading block, today I’m exploring the inferencing warm-up that I

10 Jul

Best Practices

I’ve been using a lot of the research offered by Reading Rockets to shape what I’m doing in my classroom.

26 May

Interactive Vocabulary Wall

My district is making a big push for three different instructional strategies: 1) Summarization, 2) Graphic Organizers, 3) Vocabulary. My

21 May

Graphic Organizers

If you walk into my classroom, you’ll instantly see my obsession with graphic organizers. My kids eat and breathe graphic

21 May

Virtual Classrooms

When I was working an an educational technology non-profit, I was given the opportunity to get certified in online teaching

06 May

Laziness is the Mother of Invention

Anyone who tells you otherwise is either lying or hasn’t lived in 21st century America. ┬áLast week, laziness led to