Book Review: The Smartest Kids in the World

The inside cover of Amanda Ripley's book asks the question, "What's it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers?" - namely South Korea, Poland, and - yes, of course - Finland. To accomplish this, she follows the lives of three separate American teens who serve as foreign exchange students there. In [...]

A Comic Book Helped to Inspire the Civil Rights Movement

My school district recently purchased a class set of the March Trilogy, the graphic novel memoir that recounts the experiences of Congressman John Lewis (5th District, Georgia) in America’s struggle for civil rights including the marches from Selma to Montgomery. The comic book-style illustrations are engaging and some may mistake the memoir as something for children. Lewis’s experiences in the [...]

By | 2017-08-17T20:36:41+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Book Review, Social Justice|0 Comments

Disrupting Thinking: Stop Focusing on Leveled Reading

Each summer I try to squeeze at least a couple professional books into my summer reading pile. This year, I knew I wanted to read Kylene Beers and Robert E Probst's new book, Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters.  Teaching my 8th graders not just to read, but to love to read has been my main goal. [...]

Boosting Critical Thinking Skills Through Guided Reading

by: Candice Yamnitz HOT stem posters, language objectives with higher DOK questions and lessons plans designed with student thinking in mind, OH MY! In my dual-language 4th grade classroom, we were set! The students were going to be critical thinkers. This eventually did happen with 100% of my students, but it wasn’t the whole group [...]

By | 2017-06-11T21:42:26+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Book Review, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy|0 Comments