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, July 9, 2011

A Highly Recommended Book on Reading Comprehension

Just a brief post to recommend a professional book that I think every elementary-grade teacher should own. It’s called Teaching Reading Comprehension to Students with Learning Difficulties by Janette K. Klingner, Sharon Vaughn, and Alison Boardman. This short volume offers clear, practical, and research-based practices to improve students’ comprehension. And in this age of high teacher accountability and standards, this may be just what we need to keep ourselves grounded and feeling confident that we are doing the very best for our students. It’s one that I keep at the very top of my pile.


  1. How do you feel this text applies to middle grade teachers?

  2. it definitely applies to the elementary grades, even the upper elementary grades.

  3. Sharon,

    Sorry to leave an off-topic comment, but I couldn't find any other way to contact you through the blog, and wanted to ask about a guest post. Please drop me an e-mail!



  4. This looks like a great resource. I ordered it based on your recommendation and can't wait to get into it. Since part of my job this next school year is providing reading intervention, this is very timely! Thanks. I'll let you know what I think when I read through it!


  5. I recently found this new series of six books on comprehension activities: Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension... by Charlotte Makhlouf. I found them reviewed here: http://www.parentsintouch.co.uk/Comprehension-Activities and they look really useful. I think lots of practice is so important in improving young ones reading comprehension. Hope this helps someone.