"Reading and writing. Talking and learning. It's ALL about comprehension." — Sharon Taberski
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.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Technology in Schools—A Time and Place?
Monday, August 29, 2011
Picture Walks, KWL, and DRTA…And the Winner Is...! (An Interview with Dr. Kay Stahl)
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Matt Damon Speaks Out for Teachers
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Guest Blog: Blogging and Comprehension
Saturday, July 9, 2011
A Highly Recommended Book on Reading Comprehension
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
"Retelling as Written Response" Ideas
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Daniel Willingham Podcast-Background Knowledge and Reading Strategies
Monday, June 6, 2011
Juggling Time for Reading and Response
Monday, May 30, 2011
Branching Out—Our Nonfiction Collection Needs to Address More Than “Animals”
Friday, May 20, 2011
A Noteworthy Informational Text Strategy Book
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Yet Another Nod to Background Knowledge
After the session, a teacher shared the title of this YouTube video that I'm now sharing with you. It's by cognitive scientist Daniel T. Willingham and it's called Teaching Content Is Teaching Reading. I highly recommend it. It's only ten minutes long and although the music is a tad annoying, the message—that kids need prior knowledge to comprehend text—is dead on. I hope you enjoy it, share your thoughts, and then, of course, pass it on.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Book Selection for Independent Reading: Reading Conferences "Yes"—Book Shopping Days "No"
Friday, April 29, 2011
Diane Ratvich: Testing Undermines Teaching (Me: And Independent Reading as Well)
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Okay...So I Lied!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Independent Reading—Balancing Choice and Just-Right Reading Materials
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Turn the Tables and Put Independent Reading "First"
Understanding the valuable contribution independent reading can make in children's reading lives is the first step in giving it the center-stage attention it deserves and improving its effectiveness. Independent reading allows students to practice the skills and strategies you've demonstrated throughout read-aloud, guided reading, and shared reading. It exposes them to background knowledge of new topics or deepens their knowledge of topics they're already passionate about. It exposes them to vocabulary and literary language they're not likely to hear during oral language exchanges. It shows them possibilities they have for their own writing. If an author of an informational text has included a scale drawing to compare the size of something they're learning about to something they already know, then why not try the same in their own writing. Opportunities to improve children's reading lives abound...and the first step is acknowledging they're there and then figuring out ways to actualize them.
Over the next couple weeks, I'll take a close-up look at various aspects of independent reading. In addition, if anyone has specific independent reading-related questions, please send them along.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Kids Have to Read a Lot to Get Better at It
Monday, April 18, 2011
Anyway...I fully intended to post to this blog while we were away but didn't anticipate the difficulty I experienced getting internet access and the cost of doing so. That's why you haven't heard from me for a while.
It will take a couple more days to sort things out...but hold tight. I'm looking forward to continuing our conversation.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Don't Forget Our Lists
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Something to Talk About...
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
My Re-Envisioned Pillars and an Oral Language Development Webcast
I encourage you to check out this most valuable webcast "From Babbling to Books" featuring Todd Risley, Sharon Ramey and Julie Washington who are leading experts in the area of oral language development. (Todd Risley is co-author of the classic Meaningful Differences in the Every Day Experience of Young American Children.) This hour-long webcast explores the importance of oral language and how to develop it from birth through the early school years. Viewers will gain insight into the relationship between oral language and reading success and ways to promote this important reading and comprehension skill.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
A Change of Heart, Mind, and Genre—Nonfiction Writing from Day One
Thursday, March 31, 2011
"Talking Twins" YouTube Clip
Monday, March 28, 2011
When Is Enough, Enough in Regards to Personal Narratives?
Saturday, March 26, 2011
The Inside Scoop on the Writing Process
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Looking for Something Short and Sweet? Try Short Stories...
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Barnes and Noble Search for "Camilla de la Bedoyere" Yields 72 Results
(FYI: It appears that Egg to Chicken/Tadpole to Frog is no longer available in flip book format. Each title is sold separately.)