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June 5 2020

What Is Assessment?

  At the roots, an assessment is an inference about a child’s progress based on the collected samples of that child’s behavior and thinking.  The quality of a teacher’s inferences about a child can be determined by the reliability and validity of the data.  If the assessment is reliable, the data collected is both accurate and consistent.  A valid assessment measures the right attributes of reading so that the inferences lead the teacher to the right conclusions and actions.

April 22 2020

5 Solutions for Providing Books to Families During School Closures

Printable books, online articles, e-books, and audio books are wonderful resources to support reading at home, but nothing is quite as powerful as having access to REAL books.  Schools are getting creative at solving the problem of book access.  In this blog, we share their ideas with you!

April 9 2020

Reducing the COVID-Slide by Looking at Summer Slide Research

A growing number of states have now closed schools for the rest of the year.  Such closures have caused many to wonder, “Will students fall behind in reading ability?”  We believe the data on summer reading loss can help us project the answer.  In this blog article, we will inform you of that research and provide strategies for reducing the COVID-slide.

March 30 2020

Questions About Copyright During COVID-19

As teachers move from the classroom to the cloud, I am fielding a lot of questions related to copyright laws.  In this blog post, I offer guidance on copyright laws and fair use guidelines as they relate to educational materials.  As an educator myself, I understand the desire to provide resources to students at whatever cost, but urge educators to respect copyright, and lead by example.

What is a copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection that is automatically given to creators of literary, musical, dramatic, artistic, and intellectual works.  (Copyright exists immediately and automatically when the work is created in a tangible way.) The author of the work has the sole right to make copies of the work, distribute copies of the work, perform the work publicly, display the work publicly, and make modifications or adaptations to the work.

March 27 2020

Teaching Online: Paring Back Instruction & Limiting Technology

Publishers, organizations, and non-profits have provided a wealth of materials, links, software, video tutorials, and products to support online learning in the wake of COVID-19.  The outpouring of resources has been impressive, but sifting through these mass amounts of learning materials has left teachers (and parents) overwhelmed and fatigued. 

March 21 2020

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 due to issues of inequality.  Here’s what I learned observing on-line learning in that short time.

March 10 2020

Mature Topics and Books in the Program

Are you reviewing the student books in the Read Side by Side Reading Program? All texts in the program have been thoroughly read and reviewed by our staff.  In this blog you will learn how titles were selected, what our criterion was for selecting (and not selecting) certain titles.  You will also be alerted to titles in the program that might be considered mature content.

Books in the Read Side by Side Reading Program have been selected for their quality, exposing all students to award-winning, rich literature.  Texts are selected according to:

November 14 2019

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

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

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. 

May 1 2018

The Pull of The Chapter Book

How does a child know that he or she has become a good reader? When you talk to children about reading, you find out that they have their own reading milestones—the first time they read a book, the first time they read a chapter book, and the first time they read a longer book, like Harry Potter.

February 21 2018

Tips for Better Book Club Discussions

How do you get your students to talk during book club discussions? Sarah Collinge, author of the C. I. A. Book Club Teacher’s Guides, gives some helpful suggestions!

August 26 2017

Setting Up the Classroom Library

Setting up the classroom library can be a daunting process. How do you organize books? Do you focus on reading levels or sort books by genre? Do you sort books into bins or place them on a shelf, spines out? How many books should be in a classroom library? And how do you create a classroom library on a dime?

April 13 2017

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 work with teachers and English Language Learners in Hou Kong Premier School to learn many of the strategies of our C. I. A. curriculum. While there, we learned the power of turn and talk stems—a major part of the Read Side by Side curriculum—to give confidence and a feeling of success to students learning the English language. How gratifying to see this approach help students across the globe!

March 16 2017

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 upcoming high-stakes state assessments. No matter how effective your teaching has been all school year long, testing season raises doubts in teachers’ minds about whether or not they have done enough to prepare their students for state tests.

August 9 2016

The Joy of Summer Reading

I love summer for SO many reasons, but maybe the best part of summer for my kids and I is SUMMER READING! What does summer reading look like and how is it more magical than the reading my kids do during the school year?  Take a peak at what summer reading looks like in the Collinge house! 

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