How to Create Reader Response Prompts

The response to my posts about using Response Notebooks rather than Reading Logs has been wonderful! The most common question I get is how to create quality reader response prompts for students to respond to after they do their individual reading. I'm pretty confident that my students think the prompts I give them are random; although, maybe [...]

Using Literature to Teach Math: Five Great Books to Use in Middle School

I'm always trying to come up with different ways to teach math that will grab the interest of my students. If you've ever taught math or been taught math, you know there are some students that just don't like math, but love reading. So, what if you incorporate literature in math instruction? I've got five [...]

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The Hazards Of the Accelerated Reader System

I am so fed up with the way our school systems use, or, rather, misuse, the Accelerated Reader (AR) testing system. I work with struggling readers on a daily basis, kids who hate to read because it is difficult for them to do so. I view my job as a teacher to help ease the [...]

The Whos, Whats, Wheres, and Whens of Teaching Grammar to Younger Children

I love to teach grammar to my second graders, and they are usually very eager learners when they figure out that the grammar they are learning ties in to the writing that they enjoy. I introduce grammar by engaging students in a ‘hunt.’ We are always searching for parts of speech, punctuation and proper sentence [...]