Category Archives: teaching reading

My Top Takeaways from #NCTE15

I’m sitting in my living room in Colorado, the first day of Thanksgiving break coming to a close. I got home from Minneapolis last evening and opted for checking in my with my family over finishing this blog post (that … Continue reading

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Student Feedback: How my students said my class helped them as readers

I’ve been putting off this post, even at one point thought I could just not write it. But I must–this is the weak link in my classroom. I have umpteen ideas and plans about how to help my students become … Continue reading

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Reading, reading, reading…

We have been reading Penny Kittle’s Book LoveĀ and talking a lot about how we might set up our classes so as to encourage more reading. I know in my honors level 11th grade class, if the students only read the … Continue reading

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Beyond Dioramas: Inviting Students to Read and Read and Read

There have been some dramatic moments for my daughter in 4th grade this year. Aside from her grade-stress meltdown that I wrote about, there was also the drama of the lost reading log. My daughter’s class is nearing the end … Continue reading

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SparkNotes Nation | To Make a Prairie

SparkNotes Nation | To Make a Prairie. Not much to say about this but “yep.”

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If the book isn’t made of paper and I can’t touch it, does it really exist?

Liz over there at Gone Digital has been ruminating about books recently. In a nostalgic kind of way. And it’s gotten me thinking about a few things regarding books as well. I have begun to read books on my iPad. … Continue reading

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Cultivating Book Love

I’m about two thirds through Penny Kittle’s latest, Book Love. This book helps me to identify the mismatch between what I hope for my students as readers and what is actually unfolding in my classroom. A lot that is good … Continue reading

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Reflections on NCTE 2012, looking back from a dining room table in Iowa

Okay so I didn’t write yet for conference day three. I blame the Las Vegas strip. After the last session we attended Saturday, we headed out to explore the strip. That means that we walked from the MGM Grand all … Continue reading

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NCTE 2012: day 1 reflections

Whoa. Vegas is weird. Just had to get that out there. We arrived this morning, took a taxi from the airport, waited in line to check in at the conference hotel, realized how noisy it is pretty much everywhere here, … Continue reading

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Helping students choose books that challenge them as readers and human beings

I’ve been thinking lately about how to get my students to make independent reading choices that challenge them as readers and human beings. Sometimes they choose the book that is easy and engaging (The Hunger Games for example) (I loved … Continue reading

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