Category: Student Engagement

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...

Making Poetry: Using Maker Ed in Creative Writing

I can still remember the groans I would hear when I told my sixth graders it was time to learn about poetry. Poetry often brings out emotion,...

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...

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...

Key Strategies for Maker Education

While I have always had a passion for student engagement and relationship-building, when I first started classroom teaching, I took a more...

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...

To Spark Student Interest, Lean into Student Curiosity and Real-World Experiences

Growing up I didn’t often consider if what I was learning would be useful or applicable to me in life outside of school. In fact, I didn’t think a...

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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