12 Tips for Powerful Guided Reading Teaching!

By Irene Fountas, Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative Director/Author/Professor The following are some guiding principles from Irene Fountas that may help you get more power in your teaching: Notice the student’s precise reading behaviors. Eliminate ineffective behaviors and help the reader do what proficient readers do. Select a text on which the reader […]

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How to be a Teacher Reading Role Model!

I was taught in college that to be a teacher reading role model, I should read in front of my students; not just read aloud, but actually sit down and read in front of them so they could see how much reading meant to me. So when I embraced independent reading, I did just that; pulled my […]

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Guided Reading: Think you’ve seen it all? Check out these FREEBIES!!

LOVE Genia Connell’s post Guided Reading Organization Made Easy!  Check out the pics and video below.  Want to see more?  Find a Universal Lesson Plan template, free binder cover, and book organization materials on her post- click here!

Great idea for collecting student work!  

Maybe take pics once the work is complete to upload and save!

For observing and noting student behaviors…


Click the pic below to get the indicators A -Z for FREE!!!


Do you have materials and ideas you’d like to share?  Leave a note below!


4 Things the Brain Remembers!!

During an RTI Training, the presenter shared the 4 things the brain remembers…





When introducing ideas the children need to remember, incorporate one of these into the lesson to improve their retention!


Marzano’s 3 Keys to Classroom Management

Appropriate levels of dominance, cooperation, and knowing your students support a positive classroom dynamic!


Appropriate Dominance:  the teacher’s ability to provide clear purpose and strong guidance regarding both academics and student behavior exhibited through establishing clear behavior expectations, clear learning goals, and exhibiting assertive behavior.

Appropriate Cooperation:  where dominance centers on the teacher as the driving force, cooperation deals with the teacher and students working together as a team in learning as well as effective relationships.  The main road to this end is the teacher taking personal interest in each student in the class.

Knowing Students:  the most effective classroom managers do not treat all students the same, rather they take a personal interest in their students and show sensitivity to their diverse and specific needs.

Teacher-Student Relationships

                                                                                      lead to…

Effective Classroom Management

                                                                    which ultimately leads to…

High Student Achievement!! 

Follow the path!


Marzano, R., Marzano, J., & Pickering, D (2003) Classroom Management that Works, ASDC





Teacher Superpowers!! Are You “With It”??

igradeu-the-7-superpowers-every-teacher-must-master-ndash-the-chalk-473261“Withitness” (with-it-ness) is a collection of superpowers that allow teachers manage their classroom effectively through preventative discipline.  Do you have these superpowers?  

Withitness is a model created by educational theorist Jacob Kounin who focused on a teacher’s ability to affect student behavior through instructional management.  He defines withitness as the teachers ability to be aware of every action in the classroom and responding appropriately to it.

Here are a few of his key ideas…

Proximity and Body Language Eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, and physical proximity all indicate to the students that the teacher is in control.  Constantly moving throughout the room and always facing the students demonstrates that the classroom is your domain and that you command student attention.  Not in a threatening manner…but showing strength and confidence.

Overlapping  This is the teachers ability to multitask in the classroom.  Taking attendance,  greeting students entering the classroom, and offering a word of encouragement for the students completing a morning activity all at the same time is an example of overlapping.  Students are more likely to stay on task when they know the teacher has her eyes on everyone at all times.  

Ripple Effect  This is where the teachers clarity and firmness when correcting one student’s behavior positively impact the behavior of other students.  This is most effective at the beginning of the school year in order for students to learn what will be tolerated and what will not.  Along with this is the idea of correcting even the smallest infractions as if they were major in hopes of lessening the chances that major infractions will occur.  The ripple effect is enhanced when the teacher names the offense and gives the reason why it is unacceptable with a firmness that conveys “I mean it”.

Group Focus  Holding the attention of students is essential to managing the classroom and reducing misbehavior.  Active participation is key to keeping students engaged.  Questioning, regular checks for understanding, and varying students who are called upon to answer or contribute are a few ways to focus the attention of the class.  Keeping a pace and rhythm to the day, smooth transitions, offering variety and challenges, and accountability  all improve student attention and participation.

Bottom line….students are mirrors that reflect YOU.  

If you are dry, dull, slow, and quiet they will be too.  

If you are aggressive, mean, and demeaning they will be too.  

If you display withitness….they will too!!   Everybody wins!!




Story for International Women’s Day: The House that Jane Built

The House that JAne Built

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Here’s a great way to celebrate Women’s History Month!  Show the video of actress Kierman Shipka read the story The House that Jane Built by Tanya Lee Stone.  

This is a true account of Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, who transformed a poor neighborhood in Chicago by opening up her home as a community center.


Here is the video!! 

There is also a Teachers Guide AND a Family ActivityGuide!!

Click below to get a copy of either….or BOTH!!!!

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Teacher’s Guide

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Family Activity Guide

Mindfulness for kids…here is resource for school OR home!!

Mindfulness has become extremely popular recently and  I believe that this is a practice that children need as much…if noZen stonest MORE…than adults!

Just think about it….as adults we have developed self-regulation skills that we use when we have extreme feelings like anger, sadness, fear, or worry.  For children, although some are more resilient than others, these skills are not necessarily hard wired.  They have to be taught and cultivated until children are able to do them independently and be able to identify when they need to use them.

Dan Harris, ABC news anchor, defined mindfulness as the ability to see what’s going on in your head combined with the ability not to get carried away with it.  Sounds like something we ALL can use!!

Mind Yeti is a great place to start practicing mindfulness in classrooms OR at home.  Watch this video to see how!


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Sounds like it’s worth a try?  Let me know how it goes!



Absolute BEST Resource for Reading Strategies at ALL levels!!!

I have been delving into what I consider to be the best resource for finding easy to implement strategies for children at all reading levels!

imagesYou cannot go wrong with this book because there are even strategies for non-readers to interact with books in a meaningful way.  The layout of the book is a teachers dream because you don’t have to sift through excessive paragraphs to locate the information you need. Quickly see the level, strategy, visuals, and even prompts for you to use with students while learning and using the strategies each on one page.

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Here is a sample page from the book…






Click the picture below of the author to watch a video of a comprehensive walkthrough of the book.  Trust me, you will buy it…and you will love it!!


As of today, I am anxiously awaiting the release of her new book The Writing Strategies Book!!  Check back soon for more information!



The most valuable resource for Literacy instruction!!

imageThis to me is the #1 guide for Literacy instruction!  This comprehensive resource contains grade level expectations for interactive  read aloud and literature discussions, shared and performance reading, writing about reading, writing, oral visual, and technological communication, and phonics, spelling, and word study. In each of those areas there is information for how to select appropriate texts and appropriate goals for planning your small group instruction. Additionally there is specific information and appropriate goals for each of the reading levels to assist in planning your guided reading lessons.

If you do not already have this resource, it’s a must have for every educator. That is why I am adding it to the Book Club!

You will never plan another small group or guided reading lesson without it!


Check it out on Amazon by clicking here