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An Email Requesting For Our Children To Not Have to Do Reading Logs

Inevitably, every few years, one of our four children brings home some variant of a reading log. Typically it involves logging the minutes that that they have read every night, a signature, perhaps the titles as well and sometimes even the need to write a few lines about the book they read. Often times it… Continue reading An Email Requesting For Our Children To Not Have to Do Reading Logs

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Let’s Talk About Reading Logs Again

Let’s talk about reading logs for a moment.  Yes, I know I have gone down this path before, but it bears repeating because not a week goes by without someone asking about them.  Asking how they can speak to their child’s teacher about the reading log they have now been assigned.  Asking how they can… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Reading Logs Again

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Parents: Creating Joyful Reading Routines at Home

We sit together with a book between us carefully piecing the words together. Sometimes they come haltingly. Sometimes they flow. Learning to read is hard work, but loving to read is not, not right now, not for most of our kids. We are a household of readers, all on a separate journey. All growing, exploring… Continue reading Parents: Creating Joyful Reading Routines at Home

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Be a Reader Leader – What Administrators Can Do to Promote a Reading Culture

I originally wrote this post in 2015 and thought it needed an update, so here you are. Dear administrators, whether principal, coaches, or anyone else who supports reading education outside of the classroom. I have been pleading with teachers for a few years to please help students become passionate readers.  I have given as many ideas as I… Continue reading Be a Reader Leader – What Administrators Can Do to Promote a Reading Culture

Be the change, being a teacher, Literacy, Reading, Reading Identity

A Call for Common Sense Reading Instruction

It appears that in our quest to make sure students can comprehend what they read that we have lost our common sense.  That we have started listening much more to programs, politicians, and shoddy research than the very kids who the programs are happening to.  That we have pushed the ideas of teachers aside, of… Continue reading A Call for Common Sense Reading Instruction