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  • Irresistible Reading Quotes

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    "To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables "Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943 "There is more treasure in books than...

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  • How to Teach Students to Fix Their Reading When Meaning is Lost

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    What strategies can we teach our readers to enable them to fix up their reading when meaning is lost? When meaning is lost and children need to know what to do to continue their reading by themselves, they need to use fix-up strategies. The best way to teach fix-up strategies...

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  • How to Fill Your Classroom with Texts that Support Young Readers to be Successful

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    A most significant role for teachers in fostering childen's reading development is the provision of a broad range of supportive texts which allow children to read independently and build up a solid history of success as readers. It has long been recognised that one of the most important influences on...

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  • 8 Great Ways to Use a Classroom Library

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Are you looking for better ways to use your Classroom Library? Learn about eight great ways to achieve this   Each book you Read Aloud to the class (or big books used in Shared Reading) can be placed in a special tub/basket at the front of the classroom. Students will flock...

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  • How to Develop Vocabulary to Support Comprehension

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    When students are taught vocabulary in a thorough fashion, their comprehension of what they read improves. Your students develop knowledge of vocabulary through extensive reading of text that is rich in new words. Vocabulary can also be increased through explicit teaching. What does explicit Vocabulary teaching look like? Asking your...

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  • How to Support Fluency Development for Strong Comprehension

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    Luke and Freebody (1997) refer to readers as 'code breakers, meaning makers, text users and text critics', and all of these need to be considered when thinking of comprehension instruction. Improving comprehension is not just a matter of teaching your students strategies. Comprehension also depends on: Word level skills (decoding...

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  • A New Toolkit for Conferring With Your Young Readers

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Yay! They’re here! Our Reading Conference Toolkits have arrived. We’ve put together a toolkit of everything you need to run successful Reading Conferences with your students. One for each year level. The ready to print Reading Conference toolkits give you: A routine for conferring with readers, An easy to fill...

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  • How to Create a Classroom Library

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Yay! At last it's here and completely FREE! The definitive checklist for developing a stunning classroom library. Are you looking to improve your students' reading achievement? Do you wonder whether you are being effective for all students? Classroom Libraries are a great way to start achieving this easily!   Beginning steps...

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  • New Mini-Lesson Flip Charts for Teaching Reading Routines

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Establish your Reading Workshop (Years K-7) with strong routines and expectations to build foundations for reader engagement and growth. Each mini lesson flip chart pack contains: 14 Reading Workshop routines and expectations mini lessons A practical, step by step outline that will help you teach an effective daily Reading Workshop...

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  • How to Teach High-Frequency Words for Reading and Writing

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    We learn to how to write high-frequency words by writing and we learn to read high-frequency words by reading. In this blog post, Diane Snowball, co-author of Spelling K-8: Planning and Teaching, helps us to understand how to teach spelling within the context of writing, including the automatic writing of...

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  • How to Teach Comprehension

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    What is Comprehension? Comprehension is 'intentional thinking during which meaning is constructed through interactions between text and reader.' (Harris & Hodges,1995) It is personal. It is active thinking.   What comprehension strategies do good readers use? Effective readers are processing text continuously. They draw on a range of strategies and employ...

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  • How to Support Powerful Reading Responses

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    What are Reading Response Journals? Reading Response Journals are books in which students write, draw, detail, describe, explore, organize, ponder, problem solve, record and share their thinking in response to texts heard, read and viewed. During reading, the author's meaning connects or transacts with the readers. Rosenblatt refers to two...

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  • How to Help Readers Talk About Texts to Develop Comprehension

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    'Time for students to talk about their reading and writing is perhaps one of the most underused, yet easy-to-implement, elements of instruction.' Allington & Gabriel Our students must be involved in analytical interactions in the discussions about the texts being read. Interchanges between a teacher and the students that are...

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  • How to Plan an Effective Reading Curriculum

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    Reading Curriculum Essentials Teachers’ knowledge of all of the strategies and processes used by effective readers is crucial because these strategies and processes form the content of what every teacher needs to teach all students to do when they are reading. The processes and strategies are: The reading process Comprehension...

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  • What Will You Read to Your Students Today?

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    Reading aloud is the foundation for literacy development. Long after a child has learnt to read for themselves, the value of hearing stories being read aloud does not diminish. It is the single most important activity for reading success (Bredekamp, Copple & Neuman, 2000). As teachers, we couldn't agree more....

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  • Books Out Loud

    Posted by Denise Ryan

    Not very long ago I saw the film Goodbye Christopher Robin. The film gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. The film explores the enchanting tales that brought...

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