Stop Teaching Reading!

Tweet It’s about time we put our foot down as responsible teachers and stopped teaching reading to students who just aren’t ready for it!  From an incredibly early age, we are expecting young children to learn their letters and start to pronounce sounds.  And this is not just in a playful exploratory manner, but it […]

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Reading Comprehension and Drum Circles

Tweet It’s no surprise to us that different children learn to read at different rates. The problem may be that we sometimes forget just what that means in the minds of our students. I was reminded of how difficult reading can be for students just last week while participating in a drumming circle. Last week […]

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Blackout Poetry and Summarizing

Tweet I taught a lesson on summarizing text in my class yesterday. We did it a pretty traditional way using a great program my fourth grade team purchased that focuses on differentiating the teaching of the reading comprehension strategies.  (Comprehension Strategies Kit by Sundance) The class and I looked at a short fictional text and […]

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6 Reasons to Read Aloud to Kids

Tweet Reading is one of the most important skills in life, even with the vast improvement in technology it is still an essential skill. The earlier children become excited about reading the better reader they will become. Reading has also been shown to improve cognitive and creative skills; in particular children who read have better […]

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Reading slowly can help you concentrate and reduce stress levels

Tweet There is no doubt that electronic gadgets have taken over our lives. It is not possible to walk down a street without seeing several people on their cell phones. Coffee shops and even restaurants frequently have people sat staring at their tablets or smart phone, checking their social media status. Being exposed to electronic […]

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Reading actual books can be good to your health! Check it out…

Tweet Reading a book or an in-depth article is becoming a dying art. Most of us now confine our reading to the latest social trend or the news on Facebook. The problem is that most of our reading does little to challenge our brains. Research has shown that there are many benefits to reading. If […]

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Six Science-Based Reasons Why You Should be Reading Books

Tweet Why should we read more books? How useful is reading for the brain? In today’s advanced world of technology, books come in a wealth of forms. Starting from classic hardcover to eBooks available on smart devices, there’s literally no reason why we should avoid reading. Apart from improving our general knowledge and making us […]

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Reading and Rhythm Results

Tweet What can music do for you?  How about help you read?! In the last weeks of our school year, nine teachers in my district (including myself) tried to find out just what music, specifically rhythm could do to help our students read.  (To see more about our thoughts about this just as we were […]

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A Teacher’s Tale

Tweet You will be touched by this beautiful and inspiring story of a teacher who brought a world of reading to a parent in need.   Enjoy this tale of a caring and compassionate teacher I am proud to know.~EMP In my twenty years of teaching, every so often, a student comes along that amazes me.  […]

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