Why the Read-Aloud?

Why the Read-Aloud?

Name this show. “Take a look. It’s in a book…” The title of the show presents itself in the next line of the song. We hear of “A Reading Rainbow” that promises readers we can go anywhere and be anything. When Reading Rainbow® aired in 1983, it was in response to...
Non-Fiction Articles Published by Lexile Levels

Non-Fiction Articles Published by Lexile Levels

The Common Core State Standards challenges us, as English Language Arts teachers, to shift the way instruction looks and sounds in the ELA classroom. One of those shifts is the attention to the staircase of complexity. We know that for students to be ready for the...
Was Life in the Middle Ages Really a Fairytale, Continued

Was Life in the Middle Ages Really a Fairytale, Continued

Guest Blogger Stella Baker is an English Language Arts teacher at Owsley County Middle School. She has been teaching in Kentucky schools for 29 years. Over that period of time she has taught a variety of subjects and grade levels, but has always returned to middle...

Was Life in the Middle Ages Really a Fairy Tale?

Guest Blogger Stella Baker is an English Language Arts teacher at Owsley County Middle School. She has been teaching in Kentucky schools for 29 years. Over that period of time she has taught a variety of subjects and grade levels, but has always returned to middle...
Makeover a Classroom in a Weekend

Makeover a Classroom in a Weekend

Recently I attended a conference session where the principal provided an overview of how her school pays attention to student centered classrooms. Early into her session, I heard her say that she conducts a “visual walkthrough” in every classroom before the school...