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The Questions to Ask When The Kids Aren’t Reading

I met my first book abandoner my very first year of teaching.  Yet, he was not your average run of the mill book abandoner.  No, he was the “look you straight in the eye and ask you what you are going to do about it” kind of abandoner.  So I did what I knew best;… Continue reading The Questions to Ask When The Kids Aren’t Reading

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Some Rules We Need to Break In Our Reading Classrooms

We seem to be run by the rules of what came before us.  We seem to be trying to uphold traditions that were started all in the spirit of becoming better reading teachers.  And yet, I think it is time for us to break some rules, to become reading warriors, and to speak up and say… Continue reading Some Rules We Need to Break In Our Reading Classrooms

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What Administrators Can Do to Promote a Reading Culture

Dear administrators, 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 could and directed toward the great minds that inspire me as well.  I have begged at times, sharing the words of my students as proof that we teachers… Continue reading What Administrators Can Do to Promote a Reading Culture

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But The Kids Aren’t Reading – 20 Ideas for Creating Passionate Reading Environments

So many of us are trying to create passionate reading environments, we are doing all the things the experts tell us to do, and yet, something just isn’t clicking.  Some kids are reading sure, but they would probably be reading any way, others though, not so much.  Our passionate reading environments are just not working… Continue reading But The Kids Aren’t Reading – 20 Ideas for Creating Passionate Reading Environments

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When Your Child Hates Reading- Some Advice From Those of Us Who Try

One of the top questions I work through with friends, family, parents of my students, and even my own children is what to do when a child doesn’t want to read.  Or  I am asked for ideas for how to increase a child’s desire to read.  This is not a question I take lightly, nor… Continue reading When Your Child Hates Reading- Some Advice From Those of Us Who Try