Why Blog

I’m passionate about finding ways to simplify comprehension instruction and learning. I’m concerned that we are defining comprehension too narrowly as an accumulation of five or six meta-cognitive strategies when cultivating comprehension involves so much more than that. We need to help children acquire accurate fluent reading skills and strategies; build background knowledge; develop their oral language and vocabulary; make reading-writing connections, and acquire a repertoire of meta-cognitive strategies to use as and if needed.

So I invite you to join me in blogging about this ever-so-important topic. I look forward to hearing your ideas, teaching strategies, book recommendations, classroom stories, etc., basically anything that will inspire a healthy conversation among colleagues.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

I've been wanting to start a blog for a while now and have finally decided to give it a try. I must say it's not as easy as I thought—or more accurately—it's as difficult as I feared. (I've actually written and have twice tried to publish this opening entry, without success, and am hoping that three's the charm.)

As you can tell from the titles of my recent publications, I've been thinking a whole lot about comprehension these past few years. And what better way to ring in the new year than to create a blog where we can share our thinking about this ever-so-important topic. I hope to share practical ideas to bring into the classroom, to-die-for professional and children's books, and anecdotes that jump-start our thinking about what we can do to enhance students' reading comprehension.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you...


  1. January 2, 2011 9:58 PM EST
    Discovered your blog on AM Literacy Learning Log. I look forward to reading your posts! I know they will be as thought-provoking as your books. (Just finished your most recent over the holidays!)
    - Mary
  2. January 2, 2011 10:08 PM EST
    now i'll have to check ann marie's latest post to see what she's saying about me. lol. this blogging is new to me and a bit intimidating, but we'll see how it goes. glad you like my book.
    - Sharon Taberski
  3. January 3, 2011 9:25 PM EST
    Hi Sharon- I too am looking forward to reading more of your posts. I am very happy you started blogging and I love your avatar!!
    - katie dicesare
  4. January 4, 2011 11:12 AM EST
    Thanks Katie. And I'm embarrassed to admit that i had to look up "avatar." Thanks for helping keep me up to date.
    - Sharon Taberski

1 comment:

  1. I linked to your blog from The Big Fresh Newsletter, and I shared this exciting project of yours on my blog. I'm looking forward to reading about lots of books I can share with the students I tutor!