Mini Lessons

Reading tips and short lessons to become a stronger a reader.

Reading Haiku

Reading Haiku

What is a Haiku? A haiku is a Japanese poem with seventeen syllables in lines of five, seven, five. These traditionally center around nature, however, we are going to put a spin on them. What is a Reading Haiku? You have some options. You can write a summary of the…
Tech Tools For Success

Tech Tools For Success

I love technology. I love how everything changes and improves constantly. I use (and depend) on technology for teaching and for my personal life. I have compiled a list of apps and tools that I think would be helpful for everyone, whether for school, work, or personal use. I hope…
Words To Live By

Words To Live By

One of my favorite Fiction Notice and Note Signposts is the Words of the Wiser. If you haven’t read Notice and Note by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst (both fiction and nonfiction), then you are missing out. Words of the Wiser: When you’re reading and a character (probably older and…
Reading Expectations In Our Classroom

Reading Expectations In Our Classroom

Every teacher has there own reading expectations. I have tried to tailor my reading expectations to fit my students as much as possible. I try to make my expectations as “real world” as I can, while still encouraging a love of reading and requiring reading. Reading Expectations We read every…
Notice and Note Fiction Signposts

Notice and Note Fiction Signposts

Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading Written by Kylene Beers and Robert L. Probst Published November 2012 Fiction Signposts This book and the strategies I’ve learned from it have changed the way I teach reading to my students. We have been covering the fiction signposts in class these last…