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My Student Can't Read the Lowest Book - A Case Study

At Read Side by Side we frequently hear teachers say, “Several of my students cannot read the lowest book club selection.” This matter-of-fact statement, tinged with disappointment, is often followed by permission to move to an easier text, one outside the three book club selections, but closely aligned to the students’ reading level. The assumption behind the teacher’s statement and request is the belief that students can best succeed when they are properly matched to just the right text. Yet, several researchers suggest that there is no such thing as the just right text and there is little or no research to support the practice of carefully matching children to texts, especially in the upper grades.

Why Assess Reading Motivation?

Educators like to measure things. We regularly measure a student’s reading level, his growth in...

What Is Assessment?

  At the roots, an assessment is an inference about a child’s progress based on the collected...

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...

Do Reading Comprehension Assessments Deliver What They Promise?

It is likely that your school district is trying to find an assessment tool to beef up its reading...

How to Group Students for Reading

FAQ: I have a question about how to group students for reading. Currently we are using a...

The Conflict Between Differentiation and Scaffolding

What is the difference between differentiation and scaffolding?  While educators have long defined...

Reading Test Prep: 6 Things You Are Already Doing

 This is the time of year when teachers start to feel anxious about reading test prep for the...