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21 08, 2019

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

August 21st, 2019|Classroom Teaching, Latest News, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on The Stories We Tell Ourselves

by Jeffery Williams Every culture across time has developed a set of stories, tales, and myths that were designed to help explain the complexities of the world.  Such lore is handed down across generations to [...]

6 02, 2019

Writing Workshop: Potential and Possibilities for Cultivating Purpose, Power, and Passion

February 6th, 2019|Classroom Teaching, General, General Education, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on Writing Workshop: Potential and Possibilities for Cultivating Purpose, Power, and Passion

by Wendy Sheets Writing Workshop is a context that has the potential to help students develop as writers within a literate community. As students learn to live as writers, building a repertoire of tools and [...]

22 01, 2019

Who Owns the Learning? The Importance of Adopting a Facilitative Stance

January 22nd, 2019|Classroom Teaching, General, General Education, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on Who Owns the Learning? The Importance of Adopting a Facilitative Stance

by Maria Nichols Henry: No!! They gotta go the other way! Ella: To the waves! Teacher: Angel? You have that look … Angel: [nodding] Yeah - I’m trying to – like, why do they go [...]

8 01, 2019

Do It All and Do It Now

January 8th, 2019|Classroom Teaching, General, General Education, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on Do It All and Do It Now

by LeeAnn Lewellen As an instructional coach, I hear so many “buzzwords” when administrators and district personnel discuss teacher effectiveness after a brief classroom observation. Engagement, rigor, cultural responsiveness, high yield strategies, assessment… the list goes [...]

30 10, 2018

Teaching and Cheerleading

October 30th, 2018|Classroom Teaching, General Education, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on Teaching and Cheerleading

by Johnny Downey A month or so ago, I was racking my brain, over and over again to try and find a topic to explore for the wonderful opportunity to guest author on the RRCNA [...]

4 09, 2018

Teaching as a Team Sport

September 4th, 2018|General, General Education, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on Teaching as a Team Sport

by Susan Vincent This past summer, I watched the Tour de France bicycle race on TV, as I do every summer. I loved waking up every morning to the incredible scenic views of quaint French [...]

29 05, 2018

A Seat at the Table

May 29th, 2018|Classroom Teaching, General Education, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on A Seat at the Table

by Hollyanna Bates A Seat at the Table As a school district literacy coordinator, I worry about literacy. I worry about students learning how to read. I worry about those who find reading difficult. I [...]

17 05, 2018

Taking a Professional Stand in an Age of Confusion

May 17th, 2018|Latest News, Reflections and Commentary|Comments Off on Taking a Professional Stand in an Age of Confusion

by Mary Howard As I write these words, I am headed home from an incredible visit to Fredericton Canada before leaving again in just a few days. I'm filled with such deep appreciation for this [...]

20 04, 2018

Access + Choice + Expert Teacher = Equity

April 20th, 2018|Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on Access + Choice + Expert Teacher = Equity

by Lynn Newmyer Last week a few of my former students were peering into my partially open classroom door. They watched as I unloaded a box of new books onto already overstocked shelves and excitedly [...]