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Holiday Craze

  “It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us.”  This is how Obi-Wan Kenobi introduced Luke Skywalker (and most of us) to the Force in Star Wars.  Well, in December there is a different “force” that “surrounds and penetrates us” –  it’s the holiday craze.  Can you feel it?  There is …Continue reading

A Guided Reading Symphony

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” – H. E. Luccock As teachers of reading, we are like the directors of a symphony.  The movements are unique and flow at varying tempos.  All are beautiful and build with proper direction.  Our students are depending on us to deliver …Continue reading

Building Readers

  “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.  It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” —Kate DiCamillo I love to sit on the carpet with a small group of young readers and examine a simple predictable book. These emergent texts open the door to reading for my kindergartners. …Continue reading

The Galatea Effect

  “Set your classroom expectations high, the higher the better.  Expect the most fantastic things to happen, not in the future, but right now!”  – Robert John Meehan Have you ever heard of the Galatea Effect?  It is the phenomenon by which people with high expectations are led to high levels of achievement and performance. …Continue reading