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Why would you WANT to Fly?

The school library is the most important room in the school. No, Really. It is! For the sake of those who may doubt this assertion, permit me to begin with the more basic idea that avid reading is the keystone of a complete education… “Keystone” of course means that without it everything falls apart. In […]

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They are Among Us. We Must Find them Before it’s too Late.

Oh, they look like they are doing what the teacher assigned, or they leave the impression that they have gone blissfully to bed, or they sit quietly in the back seat, apparently playing a not particularly exciting video game. They go by many names. Amid the din and bustle of the school bus, the driver […]

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Shelf Life

Books have a complex and magical “Shelf” life.  They sit there on a shelf, compact, dormant,  unblinking(!) Waiting, even. But the instant they are pulled down and opened, they wonderfully spring to life in our hands. For first-time readers of a book, what emerges is all new and exciting, full of surprises and unexpected connections to things […]

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What Counts as Reading with Kids?

Enough with reading, let’s do some math here. Surely you’ve noticed the trend across blogs and websites to have numbers in their title these days. So, let’s run some of those numbers… My current favorite reading campaigns (You didn’t really think I’d write about anything but reading-focused math did you?) are 1000 Books Before Kindergarten […]

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The “Golden Rule” for Ensuring a Child’s Success

Parents and older siblings are the young child’s first teachers… but they are not school teachers. What they do for a child is much more important than what happens in school. There is a single critical role for family and friends to play in the joyful development of children, especially between birth and the beginning […]

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Are you a Wild Reader?

If you eat the same breakfast cereal every morning, do you also read everything on the back of the same box every morning, too? I do. I’ve noticed myself doing that and I wondered WHY? I mean, I already KNOW what’s on the back of that box. I’ve seen it for nearly a week now. Sometimes […]

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We are WAY Too Late!

In a recent week’s National Center for Literacy Education Smartbrief I found, “Sharing Our Practices: Family / School Partnerships Web Event.” You may read this review of a panel discussion about involving families by clicking here. My first reaction was that nobody who understands children and learning would argue against family / school partnerships. They are an essential […]

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The Formative Assessment Question that EVERYONE Should Ask

There are two kinds of assessments that are pertinent to teachers of reading and their professional decision making about children and learning. We hear about “Summative” assessments through news outlets. These yearly tests of achievement also end up on the transcripts of our students / children. They are used to gather evidence of a child’s progress […]