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We are so excited to have Faye Brownlie back with us next year!  She will facilitate a three part series for Grades 4-7 teachers.  Here is the link with more information:

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I love Donalyn Miller's books.  She also has a great blog.  Here's an article from a few years ago that's worth a re-read:

Book Challenge Revisited

Click here to read Pernille Ripp's article about kids self selecting books.

I had the pleasure of seeing Lori Jamison Rog present at the Literacy Summit this past weekend.  She has some practical suggestions as to how to support our struggling readers.

Struggling readers need to read MORE than other readers. 

Our strugglers have GREAT avoidance skills, such as taking a long time to choose a book, going to the bathroom during silent reading, acting out to avoid work, just to name a few.

Struggling readers need to practice sight words, as this will help with fluency when it comes to connected text.

These kids need CHOICE over their reading. 

They need time to read books that are not too difficult, AND they need tiptoe books - books that are a bit difficult, but someone is helping them with the text. 

They need to hear a lot of read alouds (all kids do!) and building their background knowledge is key. 

Here is a booklet from Lori's workshop.  Her ideas come from her book “Struggling Readers:  Why Band-Aids Don’t Stick and Worksheets Don’t Work”.

Really, these are just great tips for ALL our students!

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Thank you to Aja Geddes, teacher from Capitol Hill, for sharing some great strategies she uses with her students to keep them excited about reading!  Aja has generously offered to share these ideas with us!  

With this "Book Request Sheet" students can write down books they want for the classroom or school library.  

Book request sheet

With the "Someday list" students can keep track of books they want to read.  Perhaps they heard about a good book from a friend, and don't want to forget about it!

reading-My Someday List

With this "top picks" form, if a student really liked a book, they can fill out one of these sheets, and they get displayed in the classroom.  This is a great way to generate interest in a variety of books.  This is done in book stores in real life, so how great it is to bring this into the classroom to create excitement around reading!

Top Picks - books

If you have something you'd like to share, that sparks a love of reading or writing in your classroom, please send it to

Faye Brownlie will work with Grades 4-7 teachers on literature circles for the 2017/2018 school year!  This is a great opportunity, and you will receive the book!   Click below for more information.

lit circles poster

We were lucky to have Leyton Schnellert facilitate another learning team session in March, working with ELL, learning support, and classroom teachers.  Here are the slides from the day!