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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.

On-Line School During COVID-19: 4 Things I Learned

My daughters’ school district launched online learning last week, only to be shut down by the state...

Using Turn and Talk Stems Across the Globe

Earlier this month, Bethany and I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Macau near Hong Kong to...

Student Engagement

Well, I sit here trying to figure out what to write about engagement. I have never used a...

Turn and Talk - Hilary Cullen

Sentence Stems The use of stems in my classroom has completely changed the way I look at student...

Classroom Turn and Talk

We just finished our first quadrant of Castles in the Attic and one of the most important parts in...

Classroom Setup - Ryan Painter

I have spent the final days of summer going over how I will start the year as we all normally do...

Classroom Setup - Dawn Smith

My Classroom Setup I’ve come to look at setting up my classroom as my chance to be an Interior...