Talk, Talk, Talk–And Make it Accountable!

Talk makes everything better.  The Why: Effective and accountable student talk is arguably the most precious aspect of reading and writing development.  When we give students a space to talk they are able to practice language, process what they read, and understand more to eventually write more.  Yet if we were to measure the ratio […]

Vocabulary Instruction That Works and Saves You Time!

Effective and Explicit Vocabulary Instruction Vocab, vocab, vocab!  What words do I choose? When do I teach it (isolated or in context)?  How much time do I spend on each word?  What routine or strategy do I use?   These are questions that come up daily! Vocabulary acquisition is one of the most critical aspects of […]