On my blog, you will find many new reading strategies, ideas and suggestions for becoming a masterful “weaver” of the threads of reading in your own classroom.
Nothing is more important for a teacher than to know how to use good reading strategies and practices. Making a difference with our students is why we all became educators. Becoming strong and proficient readers and writers is critical for our students.
The goal of my website is to help you create strong and effective readers in your classroom. I have gathered hundreds of tips, tricks, and reading strategies that will help you meet the literacy needs of your students.
Many of these ideas featured here come from my own work as a reading specialist, literacy coach and professional developer.
Other tips and reading strategies are from the successful instructional strategies of great reading teachers I have known over the years. Other ideas are from important research being done in the field that translates into effective instruction.
I will also pass along good ideas from other literacy experts in the field that you might find helpful for your own classroom instruction.
Share Your Own Effective Reading Strategies and Tips
Feel free to leave suggestions on great reading tips you use with your own students as you read. Also, feel free to ask questions or comment on the ideas and suggestions found here.
Please be an active participant when you visit here. Return again and again for ideas, teaching strategies, and inspiration.
Teaching students to read well is not an easy job. The more we share great ideas and identify what works to improve student proficiency, the better readers our students become.
Thank you for the work that you do every day! You are valued and appreciated!
Karen’s Books on Teaching Reading
In addition to the information presented here, you may enjoy reading some of my books on teaching reading and working with struggling readers:
The Threads of Reading: Strategies for Literacy Development
Literacy Strategies for Grades 4-12: Reinforcing the Threads of Reading
Tests that Teach: Using Standardized Tests to Improve Instruction
How to Help Your Child Become a Great Reader: Easy Literacy Games and Activities to Do at Home
My Book on Literacy Coaching for Reading Effectiveness
If you are a relatively new Instructional Coach or Reading coach in your school, then you may also enjoy reading my book on literacy coaching:
Coaching the Threads of Reading: Helping Teachers Build Reading Success
You may also enjoy these posts on Literacy coaching on my blog:
Coaching the Threads of Reading for Literacy Coaches
Instructional Coaching That Gets Results
New Class for Literacy Coaches
Check out my new Literacy Coaching course, Coaching Heroes and Champions.
In this course, you will be able to improve your ability to inspire and coach the teachers in your school. You will be able to:
1: cultivate success as a literacy coach who facilitates adult learning that changes practice.
2: understand how to build trusting and caring coaching relationships that enable teacher success.
3: use coaching strategies to increase student academic performance and facilitate student-centered practices that instill joy in the classroom.
4: use data to hone instructional performance and improve student engagement and mastery of state standards.
Here is a list of what you will learn in Bringing Out the Heroes and Champions in Teachers: Instructional Coaching that Gets Results
Module 1: Clarifying the Coaching Role, Purpose and Vision for Success
Module 2: How to Differentiate Support to Meet Individual Teacher Needs
Module 3: Adult Learning, Mental Models and Teacher Career Stages
Module 4: Using Formative and Summative Assessment to Maximize Student Achievement
Module 5: Planning and Teaching for Maximizing Achievement
Module 6: Powerful Communications
I would love to hear your feedback on what you like and how the course might be improved for future students!