How to Spark Middle Graders’ Interest in Reading Nonfiction – Education Article

Cate By Cate Gerard and Sunday Cummins There’s so much good nonfiction out there for our students to enjoy for self-selected reading, and the benefits seem endless. Nonfiction has the power to inspire curiosity and continued learning and to transform how students view their world. Sunday Recently, Cate interviewed 13 middle grade students about their nonfiction reading habits. During Cate’s conversations, 10 out of 13 students revealed that they self-select primarily fiction books for independent reading. Why not nonfiction? As…

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Four things you need to know about the new reading wars – Education Article

A child reads a book at an elementary school in Mississippi. Kids who read more tend to score higher on reading assessments but research hasn’t been particularly supportive of using classroom time for unstructured, independent reading. Credit: Terrell Clark for The Hechinger Report The reading wars are back, reignited by radio journalist Emily Hanford of APM Reports, who in 2018 began arguing that too many schools are ignoring the science of reading and failing to teach phonics. My news organization,…

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Keep Calm and Read On – Education Article

Hello there dear blog readers and my Twitter / Instagram family and friends. Here’s a kind of mirrored post that I put out on my Daring School Library blog for my kids, parents, and community. That post is pretty school and district specific but I thought I could post over here some resources from our national education partners like PBS Learning Works, Capstone, PebbleGo, MackinVia, and Scholastic. Since our schools closed down last Friday companies have been very generous and…

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Picture Books Read Aloud Videos for Lesson Use – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

I am at our public library right now and it is deserted. Wisconsin was ordered to close their schools this coming week as more and more cases of Covid-19 pile up. The world is upside down. As we prepare to switch to online learning, I have been thinking of the power of the read aloud. How having the social connection through shared books can bring us together. How doing a read aloud in this stressful time can calm us. And…

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A High Five For All Of Us – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

I’m on the road again. February seems to have been a long list of travel. Of packing up the suitcase and saying goodbye to those at home, to the kids in my classroom. Sometimes that is the reality of what I do. It is hard, but worth it. This week has been one filled with the worry that you get when one of your own children is sick. When they are up for hours at night with a fever so…

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Help Students Get the Most Out of Infographics – Education Article

By Sunday Cummins Do your students love a good infographic? Kids in the middle grades are frequently drawn to infographics because of their visual appeal and because information is presented in small bites. An infographic may be just one graphic, like a diagram, chart, or map, or it may be a compilation of graphics like the NASA infographic below. Click to enlarge. While infographics can be engaging, our students do not always access the content in a way that leads…

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Edtech Tools for SPED, Math, and Reading – Education Article

Over the past two years, I have been blessed to partner with District 205 in Elmhurst, IL. I still vividly remember having lunch with Dave Moyer, the superintendent, where he explained in detail the vision that had been set for the district, centered around the six C’s (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, character, citizenship). It was at this time that the decision was made for me to assist. The overall goal and focus of the partnership have been to help…

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A Few Favorite Books from Our Classroom for Teens Who Say They Can’t Find a Great Book – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

One of the many benefits there is from being an educator who reads a lot is that I get to create many different reading lists in my head. From the child that asks me to find another book just like the one they just read, to the colleague who needs some books to take their mind off of bigger things, to the child who tells me that they have never liked a single book, there are lists in my head…

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Conferring Moves That Help Readers Open Up – Education Article

By Gravity Goldberg and Renée Houser Gravity GRAVITY: I sat down next to Miles and asked him, “Tell me about your book.” Then I listened, as he went on and on retelling all of the events of his book for several minutes. I didn’t want to be rude and interrupt, but all I was learning from Miles was that he could literally recall the events of the book. After hundreds of conferences like this, I realized the question I was…

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What’s Important in Your World – A Small Question to Boost Conferring – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

I have been having small conversations with students. Isn’t that what teaching is in so many ways? Much like we live life in the moments in between the big, we teach in the moments in between the big as well, the big assignment, the best draft, the presentation. We go throughout our day using our voice to connect, our bodies to show our listening, our eyes to show we care. We seek out those moments in between hello’s and goodbye’s…

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Best Books of 2019 – Education Article

In June, I published my Best Books of 2019 So Far list, the very next day after publishing it, I read an incredible book, and then another, and then another. And so as it happens, the list continues, here are all of the incredible books that I loved in 2019. I know I missed some so please let me know your favorites as well. And I know the year is not over yet, and so this list will inevitably be…

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My Daughter Will Not Be Left Behind – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

Our daughter’s annual IEP meeting is coming up. It’s a big one, she is headed to middle school next year and this is the document that is meant to wrap her in protection. To make sure that she still gets the services that her numerous teachers have offered her through the years as we have watched her grow from barely reading to where she is now. It has been a long process, I have documented it on this blog, and…

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The Heart of Teaching and Learning – Education Article

By Regie Routman I first became aware of the power of storytelling through my grandmother. Although she never got beyond a sixth grade education, she had a gift for regaling me with fascinating stories about her life – growing up in a crowded apartment as one of seven sisters, choosing to marry for money instead of love only to lose that financial stability during the Great Depression, using her creative talents to design and make hats and jewelry as a…

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On Book Recommendations and Whose Voices We Give Power to – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

I get asked for a lot of book recommendations, it is part of the life of someone who reads voraciously and publicly. I share a lot of book recommendations in real life every day with my students as I do a 1-minute booktalk, with colleagues as we swap books, on this blog where I compile the books I use for various units, on Instagram where I share the ones I have loved, in my Facebook group for my book, Passionate…

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Our Mock Caldecott Picks for 2020 – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

Warning: I may change my mind… For the past 5 years, I have done a Mock Caldecott unit with students as we come back to school in January. And while January is far away, the year is quietly winding down which means the reflection begins on which illustrations took my breath away. And there were many. Last year, I ballooned my choices but it turned out to be too hard to get through for my students. So this year there…

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Questions to Ask When the Kids Aren’t Reading – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

You may have noticed that this blog is slowing down a bit, while life continue to churn, I am slowly starting to work on a new book potentially. This means that there may be less brand-new writing on here and instead a mix of from the archives and new. The wonderful thing with continuing to be a teacher is that our teaching, hopefully, evolves as does our understanding of the work we do. With that I present to you a…

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