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November 14 2019

Nonfiction and the C. I. A. Approach: 3 Things I've Learned

Nonfiction and the C. I. A. Approach

Everyone has that genre that they avoid.  For most of my life, it was the genre nonfiction.  Maybe I didn’t have a topic I was interested enough in, maybe I didn’t know how to read nonfiction well, or maybe school had spoiled the nonfiction reading experience for me (this is probably most likely).  But what I do know is that nonfiction is now one of my favorite genres, and I think writing the Read Side by Side Reading Program and the C. I. A., Collect-Interpret-Apply, approach to reading gave me a whole new perspective.  As we celebrate nonfiction this month, let me share 3 things I have learned.

October 3 2019

5 Tips for Making Running Records Work in Your Classroom

5 Tips for Making Running Records Work in Your Classroom

For years I have used running records in my classroom, both formally and informally.  These assessments were valuable in that they nudged me to listen to my students read on a regular basis.  The information I gained through these assessments helped me better understand the strengths and difficulties my students were experiencing while reading.  They proved to be less reliable in matching students to an appropriate reading level and text. 

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