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March 2, 2017

We have all sat and watched as students stared at each other blankly. Or we have walked over to a group and thought they were talking about their books only to hear about what they wanted for their birthdays. Even though there are many possible pitfalls and challenges...

February 28, 2017

As classroom teachers we worked hard and planned hard. We taught our students how to not just copy facts from books, how to read text features, how to compare and contrast information, how to figure our the meaning of unknown words and a whole lot more. Each year we sa...

February 10, 2017

Reading Notebooks... we love them, we struggle with them, we know they can be used much more effectively. In our books What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? we wrote a whole chapter on how to help students use them authentically so that we teachers can use them to make ins...

February 4, 2017

It can seem like there are hundreds of skills to teach when it comes to reading fiction. We've seen anchor charts covering every inch of classroom space. Teachers spend hours and hours sifting through resources to decide what to teach each day. It is overwhelming and e...

February 1, 2017

As teachers we make more decisions all day long than just about any other profession. By the end of the day when we sit down to decide what to teach tomorrow we are often beyond burnt out. This led us to the research on decision-fatigue-- yes, that is a real thing. Whi...

January 24, 2017

One common question we are asked is, "How do I choose a book to use for instruction?" This question is so common because we know how important it is to find a book that students will enjoy and also learn from. But, there are no magic books or right or wrong books for t...

January 9, 2017

We have all sat next to students in a conference and asked them what they think the main idea is in the nonfiction text they are reading only to be met by blank stares, wild guesses, or rereading of a fact directly from the page. So many students struggle to figure out...

We’ve been friends since 2004 and in that time we completed several marathons together, too many triathlons to count, two full distance Ironman races, and now… two books. We are beyond thrilled to announce the publication of a two-book series titled What Do I Teach Rea...

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