A Look at our ELA Test Prep

A Look at our ELA Test Prep

I wish I could say we don’t spend any of our instructional time on ELA test prep.  I wish I could say that the tests were straightforward and gave me quality data to help make instructional decisions about my kids’ learning track.  I wish I could say that...
A Close Look at Fluency: Read Alouds

A Close Look at Fluency: Read Alouds

The first way Dr. Rasinski suggests to increase reading fluency is by modeling fluent reading to students by reading aloud to them.  Read alouds help build interest in reading.  They increase students’ vocabulary by exposing them to words they likely...
A Close Look at Fluency

A Close Look at Fluency

My students this year are making tremendous growth in reading.  We’ve practiced reading comprehension strategies whole group, small group, and during silent independent reading.  We’ve been talking about finding textual evidence to support our answers....
Word Work in the Middle Grades

Word Work in the Middle Grades

As a third grade teacher, I find that my word work center activities cover a variety of skills.  I want my students to review and refine their sight word knowledge specifically focused on the correct spelling of many high frequency words.  I want them to apply the...