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Distance Learning and Google Classroom Since teachers aren’t currently able to sit right in front of their students to conduct Guided Reading groups, some adjustments need to be made. If …
Why Close Reading is Helpful The idea of Close Reading became big several years ago when the Common Core Standards were adopted. Though not all states still use these standards, …
Working with Early Readers A few weeks ago I received a question about how to work with early readers who weren’t quite ready for the workshop model yet. I figured …

Running Records

The Importance of Running Records Guided Reading is such an awesome way to help readers make progress. However, you need to be sure to assess your readers on a regular …
Preparing for Benchmark Testing By the spring, typically you’re feeling pretty good about your Guided Reading groups. They are usually running smoothly, following a good flow. Even with that being …
A Focus on Rhymes In my previous blog post, I focused on phonemic awareness and its importance. With that, I mentioned the implications of problems with rhyming. When students have a …
What is Phonemic Awareness? Phonemic Awareness is a very important part of early reading lessons. The reason it is so important is because it shows that students are able hear …
Reading is Thinking I remember when I became a reading specialist I originally focused heavily on kids learning to read/improving reading. However, pretty quickly I realized that my little readers …
Why CVC Word Work is Important When students are learning to read, it’s important that they build up their skills. Focusing on something like CVC words, gives readers a chance …
A Short, but Sweet Month February may be a short month, but it still can be difficult to keep readers engaged. They begin thinking of warmer weather…even if it isn’t …