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Writing Books for (and With!) Beginning Readers

My four-year-old grandson Jaxson recently dropped by the Pioneer Valley Books office with Ducky, a...

Teaching Tip: Improving Comprehension During Guided Reading

Guided reading provides a perfect opportunity to support students as they reflect on the text....

Teacher Training Opportunities for Literacy Footprints

Jan Richardson and I have been working hard to develop ways to help teachers with...

Hurricane Experiences

I have written two nonfiction books about hurricanes (Hurricanes and Hurricane Katrina Dogs), so I...

Learning Your (Lowercase) Letters

It’s national lowercase day (who knew, right?), and we’re taking note here at Pioneer Valley...

Forget the 100-word rule!

Last week, the principal of our local school asked me what I thought about the...

Teaching Tip: Help parents keep their kids on track with summer reading

As the school year winds down and your students’ families make summer plans for vacation,...

Teaching Tip: The power of running records

Currently, it’s quite common for teachers to take running records to determine a student’s book...

Teaching Tip: Making Words activity

I am convinced that the best time to teach phonics is during a guided reading...

Teaching Tip: Taking Words Apart While Reading

We can teach phonics and word solving using magnetic letters, writing, or even worksheets, but...

Monitoring and searching using visual information

I just started working with a first grade group that has been receiving phonics-based intervention....

Nonfiction Text Features in Guided Reading

When introducing a new book during guided reading, it is important to prepare students for...