Dragon Diary.

This week the book fair swept into my school.  I always have mixed feelings about it… on the one hand – books!  On the other hand, there’s so much ‘stuff’ masquerading as books… and it always seems my little friends always gravitate towards the ‘barely books’ stuff or books geared towards older grades… but I digress. This year, there were diaries.  There was one with a dragon on it.  It locked.. Read More

Let them make the charts!

My district uses the Teacher’s College Units of Study for both Reading and Writing.  While I’ve worked as a coach for these units for the past three years, I’ve never actually taught them day to day (I used the old Writing Units in kindergarten, but I digress…).  So teaching first grade and working with the units daily is actually new to me.  Let me get this right out of the.. Read More

Think time.

Today I was working in a second-grade class pulling students and asking them a comprehension question after a read aloud.  The work was to help inform some coaching work with teachers and I was pulling half the class (the teacher was doing the same with the other half). I pulled a little girl who I knew from reading with and assessment scores, was above grade level.  She’s, as we say.. Read More