From Book Tastings to Blind Dates: How to Encourage a Love of Reading in Secondary Classrooms

As a first-year English teacher, there were lots of questions that I hadn’t expected to have to answer in my classroom. The most surprising question, however, was this one: Now, in my head, there are many sarcastic and snarky comments that I could think of. They practically write themselves, don’t they? Usually, I [...]

Word Sorts: A Pre-Reading Strategy for Frustrated Students and Teachers

If I were to ask my middle schoolers what the hardest subject is for them, I can tell you right now, a majority (especially sixth graders), would say science. Even though my kids typically love science labs, they despise all of the reading that accompanies them. When I talk to students about what makes reading [...]

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. [...]