Middle School Readers and 4 Motivation Tips

My honed knowledge, skills, and experiences as an elementary reading specialist (and Reading Recovery® Teacher) for many years, led me to my current journey as a teacher and collaborator of reading with middle school students. Laughter, groans, and tapping of chrome books or pencils scribbling, may be heard at any time during the day. Sprinkle in enthusiasm, drama and rolled … Read More

Writing and the Upper Elementary Grades:   

We Can Write ~ We’re Just Not Published Yet Recently I shared my non-fiction book, Wild Ponies, with a group of third graders. When I entered the classroom, I noticed the teacher holding my book and talking to the students. They sat cross-legged on the carpet, listening. Immediately three hands shot up before I even removed my coat. Whispering ensued … Read More

Book Review – Jan Richardson

~ Teach with a sense of urgency ~ Check out the new book by Jan Richardson and Ellen Lewis, The Next Step Forward in Reading Intervention: The Rise Framework. Designed to be a short-term intervention for students in grades 1-8, the introduction to the Rise Framework provides insight into why the authors wrote the book and why other interventions fail … Read More

Concept of Word Beginnings – Excitement of Learning

Most little ones come to school smiling and eager to please. It is such a pleasure and privilege to work with them, helping them form the letters in their name. One such student has a “long name” (two-syllables) and currently learning the alphabet and concept of word – his/her name. We worked on the initial letter, a J, over and … Read More

Test Preparation Rolls Around Again

The time of the year when teachers scramble, trying to fit in the last days of instruction, arrives too soon. Out in the schools, evidence gathers like leaves piling up. How do we move forward? One day at a time… • Give hope • Maintain high expectations • Teach simplified test routines for automaticity (read the title, note any pictures/graphs, … Read More

Imagery: X-Country Skiing Day 3

I’m one of those early risers that don’t tell others how early I get up. I love the stillness of the mornings before the sun comes up. It’s quite dark outside with few stars twinkling and no one around.  Like the photographer, I value the early morning light. However, as a X-country skier, I relish the sound of morning birds … Read More

Imagery: X-Country Skiing Twice

  When I x-country ski, I usually seek out the path the deer create through the field. Today I skied the same path and I had to take these photos. Look who joined in following the path yesterday’s skis made!       

Imagery: X-Country Skiing Springtime

Does falling snow make a sound? Stop and listen … snowflakes softly pelt upon my ski jacket, a muffled crunch as I cross-country upon flat terrain, the swoosh, swoosh, swoosh of the skis as I attempt to stay tall upon the downward gentle slope.   I pause to notice the cedar trees laden with snow on the leeward side from … Read More

National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference 2018

  Shine On’s first visit to the National RR Conference was a whirlwind! We met so many wonderful teachers from coast to coast who searched for “just the right books” for the students they teach.  As Matt from RR Books told us at SERRRA, “you never sit down.”  The energy, conversations, book bags galore, and shiny new book covers by … Read More