Text to text connections. And text to world connections. Add to that text to self connections. Boy -- we educators have a way of labeling revolutionary active reading strategies with boring names. First, let's look at an example to see what this ... Read More about Text to Text Connections in 4th grade (and Swimming Pools)
Truly, who invented homework? It would be interesting to find out. Because depending on your approach, it can serve your students' needs. Or make their confidence fall apart. Whether you're just beginning your career or you're a well-seasoned ... Read More about Who Invented Homework? A How-to for 4th Grade Teachers
Prior knowledge. Or as we learned in teacher school, schemata. (Doesn't that feel like a made up word? It's fun to say. Schemata. Schemata. Someone needs to write a song...) Whatever you call it, using our students' prior knowledge means building ... Read More about Prior Knowledge in 4th grade: Why Build on Sand?
Turn and talk is the diamond earrings of the teacher world. It goes with everything. (Okay, so I don't have diamond earrings -- I'd lose them in ten minutes flat. Plus, I've heard that the diamond industry isn't ethical. But for the sake of a ... Read More about Why Turn and Talk is Like Diamond Earrings
"Active reading strategies" is a lame name for a something magic. Diving into a book we love is so fun, it's almost naughty. Think of one of your favorites. The one you have that beautiful copy of. Or a loved battered copy. The story you save for ... Read More about Active Reading Strategies That Make 4th Grade READERS