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Why Workbooks Don’t Work

Are Workbooks Helping or Hurting Your Students? Workbooks are mass produced for the masses.  They are a one size fits all approach to mastering fundamental skills. Workbooks teach children that reading is about reading a passage and answering questions.  Workbooks do not teach children about the many purposes of reading, how to enjoy reading or how to comprehend and read…

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Wondering how to turn a class room full of strangers into a community of learners?

Read Alouds Can Build a Community of Readers

Read a Back to School Book and Begin Building a Community of Readers Wondering how to turn a class room full of strangers into a community of learners? Try reading back to school themed books aloud to your students.  Whether you teach kindergarten or tenth grade, reading books aloud is one of the best ways to break the ice during…

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Running Records: A Snapshot Assessment

Assess Oral Reading Fluency and Reading Comprehension in Two Minutes or Less Using Running Records Running records are an excellent assessment tool for determining student reading levels. Running records work well because they allow teachers to observe a student’s reading behaviors in real time.  Running records require students to orally read 100 words from a specific text.  It is best…

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