Category: reading

How to Get Students Reading on Day One of Class

In the past, I’ve talked a lot about building a classroom library from scratch. If you don’t have a classroom library, get one! The benefit to your students as readers is simply unparalleled. But how can you start the year off right to maximize… Continue Reading “How to Get Students Reading on Day One of Class”

16 Easy, Low-Key Activities for End-of-the-Year ELA that Aren’t Movies

The end of the year is upon us, and it can be a slow, slow crawl to the finish line. Grades are due and kids are checked out and admin has sent out yet another ‘friendly reminder’ about keeping kids learning until the last… Continue Reading “16 Easy, Low-Key Activities for End-of-the-Year ELA that Aren’t Movies”

Definitive Guide to Classroom Libraries for the New Teacher, Part 4: Maintaining Your Library

Now that you’ve got stacks of books (Part 1 & Part 2) and something to put them on (Part 3), let’s talk maintaining a library in a classroom of anywhere from 18 to 150 students! (High school teachers, mad respect for all that grading.… Continue Reading “Definitive Guide to Classroom Libraries for the New Teacher, Part 4: Maintaining Your Library”

Definitive Guide to Classroom Libraries for the New Teacher, Part 3: Organizing Books

Welcome to Part 3 of my series on starting a classroom library from scratch as a new teacher! In Part 1, I discussed how to begin searching for titles your students will love, no matter what grade you teach. In Part 2, I listed… Continue Reading “Definitive Guide to Classroom Libraries for the New Teacher, Part 3: Organizing Books”

Definitive Guide to Classroom Libraries for the New Teacher, Part 2: Collecting Books

Alternatively: How to Win Books and Influence Readers In Part 1 of this series, I talked a bit about the immense value of having a personal library in your classroom, and I explored some ways to figure out what those crazy young whippersnappers are… Continue Reading “Definitive Guide to Classroom Libraries for the New Teacher, Part 2: Collecting Books”