Reading is Complex

Reading is such a complex skill.  It is a set of behaviors that work together to help a person gain meaning from text.  Decoding, fluency, comprehension, connections to prior knowledge, predictions, evaluations…. all these are a part of reading.  Sometimes we...

Happy & Healthy in the Teaching Profession

Teaching can be such a burn-out job.  So much is expected of us.  And if we don’t prepare adequately, we face the consequences the next day! Haven’t we all heard, “Oh it must be nice to go home at 3 and have summers off!”  The general public has no idea what we really...

Class Plays – Drama or Trauma?

It was a warm spring night and my 5th grade class was excitedly shuffling and whispering back stage as they prepared for our performance of Charlotte’s Web.  We’d been rehearsing for weeks and, though I knew they were ready to perform for their families, I was still...

Classrooms Need Books!

The elementary classroom needs access to thousands of books at many different levels of difficulty for children to read.  The class needs fiction in many genres and non-fiction on a variety of topics. If we’re lucky our school may have an extensive library from...