Why Data Boards Are Useless

Why Data Boards Are Useless

When I go to schools, oftentimes the first thing I see as I go through the office for our getting started meetings is a data board.  The data board shows who is above benchmark, who is at benchmark, who is below benchmark. The usual stuff. One of the MAJOR missing components of the data board…Continue Reading

Why we teach comprehension skills/strategies…DUH!?!

Why we teach comprehension skills/strategies…DUH!?!

For those of you who have heard me speak in person, you know that I come from a complete place of humility about teaching.  Throughout my speaking gigs, I say, “I didn’t have a clue about this when I taught!” or “All of my former students are probably in prison because I didn’t have a…Continue Reading

A Critical Thinking Think-Aloud Example

A Critical Thinking Think-Aloud Example

If you haven’t read my blog “Comprehension and Critical Thinking are Two Different Things!” then click here to read it – it’s a nice lead-in to this blog! To quickly recap, Comprehension is the ability to know and understand what you’ve read. Critical thinking is the ability to determine whether you should believe it or…Continue Reading

Comprehension and Critical Thinking are Two Different Things!

Comprehension and Critical Thinking are Two Different Things!

I think a lot of us are using the terms “critical thinking” and “comprehension” as if they mean the same thing. Well…they don’t. And we need to know the difference between the two in order to be successful in teaching kids both! Comprehension is the ability to know and understand what you’ve read. Critical thinking…Continue Reading

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