How to Retell: A Simply Fill-in-the-Blank Form!

How to Retell: A Simply Fill-in-the-Blank Form!

One of the most striking things about watching a struggling reader is how little they comprehend.  (To my phonics and decoding obsessed folks – like me! – yes, the super striking thing is watching a student struggle to decode…but this post is not about that…there are many others that are!) I can remember just rackingContinue Reading

Checklist for Text Types

Checklist for Text Types

Did you know that by high school, kids should be reading 80% informational text and 20% literature? Yep. It’s a pretty shocking number! But, I bet you have more in place than you might think!  This free resource was designed to give you a simple way to map out exactly what text you’re teaching andContinue Reading

How to Teach Kids to Take Notes – Part 2

How to Teach Kids to Take Notes – Part 2

If you’re anything like me, you know that one of the highest priorities right now in education is to prepare kids for critical thinking and deep analysis. As I watch kids struggle to critically think or deeply analyze something, I realize that whether they’re reading something, listening to someone give a speech or viewing aContinue Reading

How to Teach Kids to Take Notes – Part 1

How to Teach Kids to Take Notes – Part 1

I was a pretty mediocre student.  At best!  I wasn’t super motivated by good grades, but I also realize in my adult life that I actually lacked a couple of very important student-like skills that would’ve really helped me! I went to college not really knowing how to take notes – every single word onContinue Reading