March 2010

Tweet This is part 3 in The Secret of the Resistant Readers Case. Catch up on Part 1 and Part 2. So, the bookshelves in my classroom when I’d started that had been almost bare were now overflowing. The kids all had book boxes, there was a system set up so they could check out […]

Tweet So you have a kid, who in your mind is a genius, I mean everybody knows just how great your kid is, right? He or she asks the most astonishing questions and their mind can conceive of the most amazing things but there is just one thing, Your kid hates to read. I mean […]

Tweet There are people with all sorts of enthusiasms and creativity which are not often enough made use of or even recognized because the tendency is not to rock the boat but to keep on doing things the way they have always been done. – Frederick Buechner Melissa is the founder of Tandem Teaching and […]

Tweet When I was a kid my family used to have the most beautiful family dinners. We’d share stories of our day and enjoy great food. The room was filled with laughter and amazing smells. We’d ask politely to be excused, and clear the table. When the dishes were washed and put away, the backpacks […]

Tweet This is part 2 in Melissa’s case The Secret of the Resistant Readers. With the instinct of a detective who dared not miss a clue, I deliberately set out to examine the scene of the crime. I arrived at school on my sixth day teaching and hurried into the library. My shoulders immediately tensed. Memories […]

Tweet You’re mad. I mean you are livid. Your kid keeps losing his clothes, and you’re down right tired of it. How can your kid, your special little love of your life, lose the jacket you just bought him last week? Does he think that your money grows on trees? You’re so sick of your kid […]

Tweet Read to them. Take their breath away. Read with the same feeling in your throat as when you first see the ocean after driving hours and hours to get there. Close the final page of the book with the same reverence you feel when you kiss your sleeping child at night. Be quiet. Don’t […]

Tweet What makes reading so hard for kids is a little muscle in the eye. It’s responsible for the fine motor skill that follows letters across a page. The precision of this muscle that is required for reading is nearly as precise as what’s required for a surgeon to perform open-heart surgery. It’s challenging. It’s […]

Tweet I remember my car speeding along the road on my way to work, the second week of my first year teaching. I remember gripping the steering wheel as I confronted the harrowing realization that most of the third graders in my class were resistant readers, there were even some who were not reading at […]