Want Adolescents to Read? Environment Matters!

It was workshop week at the high school where I teach sophomore English and a ninth-grade literacy course. I was just beginning a year where I...

Create a Culture of Literacy 

Creating a culture of literacy in the school isn’t just about raising reading scores. Instead, when a community comes together to celebrate...

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, a good...

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,...

Maximize Time by Braiding Learning Goals

Working with English/Language Arts teachers on developing highly engaging and intentional inquiry units of study, one of the concerns I...

Cultivate Confidence to Promote Motivation

Recently I decided that I was going to commit to beginning each day with yoga. My work-from-home body was telling me I really needed to start my...

Just Let Them Read!

I was sitting with my colleague, a fellow reading specialist, in our empty classroom one summer. We were donating time to planning, as many...

A Coach’s Playbook: Conferring With Student Readers

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” — Billy Jean King As educators we keep trying to get things right. When I first started...

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