Building Professional Community with Picture Books

Leadership teams wanting to bring about any kind of change in schools right now may be (understandably) met with resistance from the...

Carrots and Candy: Letting Go of Rewards in Favor of True Motivation

Pizza for reading, tickets for good behavior, points for participation, stickers for homework completion, marbles in a jar for teamwork,...

Reimagining Assessment for Inquiry in ELA

When we shift from a traditional approach to an inquiry approach in our classrooms, we also must shift how we assess and grade our...

Looking to Literacy Leaders for Hope

The most recent news about the NAEP reading scores are concerning for sure. The headlines are scary: “NAEP Scores Show Large Declines in Reading...

Want More Student Engagement? Hand Over the Controls

I am a recovered Type A secondary English teacher. I used to pride myself on not wasting a single minute of class time. I had a neat...

Prioritize Helping Our Students Fall in Love With Reading (Again)

When working with ELA and literacy educators to increase students’ engagement and achievement in reading, I often run into a set of common...

It’s Not Too Late! Identifying Older Students for Literacy Intervention

I was sitting in my doctoral quantitative research class feeling overwhelmed and frankly, stupid. I didn’t understand numbers. I was an English...

Inquiry in ELA: 10 Ways to Make it Work

As an English and speech teacher for mostly sophomores, I found myself frustrated when students seemed to be just going through the motions,...

Ideas for Engaging Students in End-of-Year Reading Reflections

It’s that time again when we will be saying goodbye to this year’s students. Whether they are moving on to a new grade, new school, or...

The Forgotten Strand in ELA: Speaking and Listening

Teachers of English know that the standards for language arts include more than literature and writing. We are responsible for language...

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