Classroom Library Organization

For years I assessed my students to find their guided reading level. The unique reading level of each child helped me in so many ways. I could find books at the students’ instructional level so they could reach their independent reading level. I could report the reading level to parents at conferences so they knew exactly…

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Italian Eatery: Simple and Delicious

If I didn’t know about this restaurant, I would have thought it was a neighborhood printing company based on its sign that boldly displayed the name, “ie.” While I didn’t like the sign, I loved everything else about the newest addition of Italian fare in Minneapolis, Italian Eatery called “ie”. The rustic decor was both elegant and…

Not So Gradual Release

My students don’t understand what they are reading! As the K-3 literacy coach, I meet with each teacher two times a month for our coaching conversations. Several months have passed and the vast majority of teachers share this very same concern. The level of frustration is exacerbated by the fact that several of these teachers are…