Category Archive: Reading Strategies

Jan 26

Visualization: 3 Things You Need to Know

As a fairly new teacher, I will never forget the look on a certain student’s face when I suggested that a movie plays in my mind every time I read a book.  This student, a member of my high school Title One Reading Class, was a bubbly, lovable girl who often had plenty to say, …

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Sep 28

The One Thing I Wish Someone had Taught Me in Fourth Grade

  An interesting thought slowly crept into my mind mid mini-lesson last Tuesday. “Goodness,” I thought to myself.  “I sure wish somebody had taught me this in fourth grade… or fifth grade… or sixth grade… or ever, for that matter!”  I was sharing with my students the seemingly blaringly obvious idea that reading is thinking. …

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Sep 22

Schema: Why It Matters- Using Schema to Deepen Understanding

It was my favorite time of the school day.  I had called my students to join me on the classroom meeting rug and we were about to embark on our first reading mini lesson of the school year!  While I was looking forward to this cozy time with my students, it was obvious, after three inquiries …

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