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Using Passages within Google Slides When I created the digital format of my fiction Guided Reading Passages in 2017, I had no idea just how needed they’d be in the future. I
Distance Learning Differences Distance learning looks different based on the school you’re at. I wanted to share some ideas of how teachers are using my passages to help keep their
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
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