Kids Aren’t Widgets–Differentiation for Engagement

differentiation for engagement

“What do you do with the rest of the class during guided reading?” It’s the #1 question I get asked about small group reading instruction. The secret is differentiation for engagement. In the above video, I lay the foundation for ensuring that the rest of the class is engaged while we teach for guided reading. […]

Netflix for English Teachers–15 Nights of PD via Facebook Live

ELA live 15 days of PD on FB

What’s the most ridiculous PD experience you’ve had? My funniest was my first day as brand-spanking-new teacher after 2 years of preparation….The district curriculum director gathered all the new recruits for the district into a small conference room and trapped us there.  All. Day. Ok, I bet you’re thinking…”I’ve had to do that. That’s no […]

The Resistance

(In Which a Mother Rouses Her Child) The trouble began one evening in the after-dinner slump. As my then 1st grade daughter rolled around on the floor, she whined, “I don’t want to go to school.  Can I please stay home from school tomorrow?” We commenced a discussion on the unlikelihood of that. Having gone round […]