Convenience to Concern: Drawbacks of TPT

It’s time to plan a new literacy unit.  That means, of course, that it’s important to think first about what standards you’re looking to incorporate.  Then you’ll likely plan out…

Does Handwriting Really Matter in School?

My state has released new literacy standards.  They’re actually really pretty good.  But one standard surprised the heck out of everyone–handwriting.  Teachers all had the exact same quizzical look on…

How to Foster a Reading Writing Connection

With all the focus on foundational reading skills instruction, there’s a huge missing piece:  writing.  Which is absolutely mind-boggling, since the reading-writing connection is so important.   Why is writing missing…

15 Tips for Supporting English Language Learners

Many of us are lucky enough to have a diverse student population in our classrooms these days.  Our schools are now filled with a huge variety of cultures, traditions, histories,…