resistant readers

Tweet Summer is a great time to learn. I’m a huge advocate for turning off the TV so that kids have rich opportunities to learn to make their own fun, problem solve, and engage in activities that stimulate their imagination. I also know that sometimes the only “Me Time” you can get is by turning […]

Tweet Get ready! Tandem Teaching is firing up the stove today. I’ve got an easy recipe to feed your resistant reader that’s lot of fun. Consider this my answer to Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals! Hook your kid by following this simple recipe: Shop Go to the nearest bookstore or library. Pick out some of […]

Tweet I can see your face now, its completely smeared with confusion and in your head your thinking “I get it, I already know exactly why reading is important.” You think I am going to say that reading is fundamental. Come on! Give me a little more credit than that, I know that you know […]

Tweet This is Part 4 in Melissa’s case The Secret of the Resistant Readers. When we left off last time, I told you I was channeling my inner Nancy Drew. What I didn’t tell you was that I was also channeling Nina, my amazing master teacher. I remembered some advice she gave me when I […]

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 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 […]

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