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.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

So Sorry...

I feel badly that I haven't posted as much these past two weeks as I would have liked. It's just that I've been crazy busy and haven't had a moment to do anything more than the most urgent "do-now." That said, I hope that within the next week I can get myself centered once again and back on track. Thanks for understanding.


  1. I understand!!!! COMPLETELY!! Life fills up our days and gets in the way of writing for sure. That's okay! That's normal, right?!!?!!!
    I am impressed that you post as much as you do! love and thanks for your wise words and information.....almost daily!

  2. Thanks Ann Marie, I knew you would... (Now can you please tell me how to get a photo attached to comments like yours is here. Does my photo come up when I comment on your blog?)

  3. It happens, and it's OK. Stop, breathe, enjoy. Then you can blog. :)

  4. Thanks Wendy...Can you see me smiling? I'm actually on Long Island preparing for a keynote tomorrow morning. Later...

  5. Sharon, under your blogger profile - it's called "edit user profile" - there's a place to upload a picture. When you do that, your pic will show up. Hope this helps. :)

  6. Thanks Wendi, I'll have to give it a try. But first I'll have to find the "edit user profile." (Just kidding--sort of.)

    Guess I figured out how to add photo to one comment at a time but wondering if I'll need to do for each post.