Monthly Archives: September 2014

Books for Teachers

I will be reviewing books for your professional library as a regular post. As a teacher-librarian I often had the opportunity to suggest resources to teachers. These books are at the top of my list for teachers.

All elementary teachers need to have ready access to titles by Gay Su Pinnell and Irene C. Fountas. The Continuum of Literacy Learning, grades K-8: behaviors and understandings to notice, teach, and support is a book that you can use to develop your literacy program. Pinnell and Fountas have written many books to guide your literacy practice. They address the components of the balanced/comprehensive literacy program:

  • Interactive Read Aloud
  • Shared Reading
  • Writing
  • Oral, Visual and Technological Communications
  • Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study
  • Guided Reading (Levelled Books)

Most schools use levelled reading as the basis for their reading program. Take particular notice of the Guided Reading section for their information they provide for each reading level. They address: Genre/Form, Text Structure, Content, Themes and Ideas, Language and Literacy Features, Sentence Complexity, Vocabulary, Words, Illustrations, Book and Print Features. Each school district has their own curriculum to follow and this information dovetails quite nicely with your learning goals and expectations/ Common Core Standards.

Hello Teachers

My purpose for  this blog to help teachers harness the proliferation of online information available to them for use in their classrooms. I bring over 30 years of educational experience in the elementary panel to this task. I have been a classroom teacher, teacher-librarian, district consultant and instructor at the university level for pre-service teachers. I will be evaluating, critiquing and then sharing websites, Apps, classroom technology, picture books, novels, professional books and articles to support you in your lesson planning and teaching. I receive numerous emails and e-newsletters daily with resources that I will curate and link to curriculum and teaching strategies that you can use with students the next day. I hope that you will visit back often to add my teaching ideas to your classroom toolkit.