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Snow Day Joy

  Children have built in radar when it comes to snow.  Just the mention of that frosty “S-word” seems to create an energetic burst to bodies and brains.  Actually, I have to admit that I am still filled with joy when I hear the words “snow day” too.  So, let’s channel that flurry of excitement …Continue reading

The Reading Journey

“Everyone is a reader…Some just haven’t found their best route yet.” – unknown During a recent reading association meeting I was met with some interesting reading statistics:  “Reading scientists” predict that 95% of students can be taught to read accurately and fluently.  If this is true, how do we help our struggling readers in their journey to becoming successful …Continue reading

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