Think Alouds – PART II

When a child is older and showing interest in the books you read, one has an excellent opportunity to demonstrate and encourage specific thinking skills. Questions can be asked to stimulate thought, and you can invite the child to think of his/her own questions; questions they might like to ask the characters in the book… Continue reading Think Alouds – PART II

Think Alouds – PART I

Recently, I ran into a former teammate who happens to be half my age. We had a nice chat, and he mentioned that just a week earlier he and his wife became parents for the first time. His excitement was apparent. When I asked if I could offer some advice, he agreed. Suddenly, in my… Continue reading Think Alouds – PART I

Dressed for the Occasion

I forget what the specific goal was, but the grade 1’s were attempting to read a certain number of books by the end of the school year. I visited their classes often and was monitoring their progress. At one point I announced to the students, “If you reach your goal, I will do some cartwheels… Continue reading Dressed for the Occasion

I’m an ELF

It’s true, I’m an ELF. To be more specific, I am an Elementary Literacy Friend. ELF programming pairs trained community volunteers with grade 2 students who require additional time on task to master various literacy skills. Students are mentored for one hour, twice per week, for 10 weeks. I first became an ELF a year… Continue reading I’m an ELF

Book Smart

Book Smart This conversation took place in a staffroom very early in my career. A group of teachers were talking about favorite books. Teacher 1: “I really liked, War and Peace.” Teacher 2: “Tolstoy?” Teacher 1” “No, no. True stroy.” I wrote it up and sent it into Reader’s Digest thirty years ago but it… Continue reading Book Smart

Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up I loved reading to my children. As they grew older they had their favourite books they wanted read over and over. Shel Silverstein was a favourite and I think I read all of his published poems to them. To this day my son would say that Shel is his favourite poet. One afternoon,… Continue reading Thumbs Up