DIY Literacy Video Series – Episode 2


Welcome to the second episode of our DIY Literacy video series! We are honored that you are watching and responding to this series. There is a lot of excitement around the demonstration notebooks and more episodes will feature working with that tool. Thanks for all the comments!

As you know, each week we tackle on a new problem that you sent in. Then, we match that problem with a teaching tool that can help. We are featuring a different tool this week based on the problem sent in from North Carolina teachers, Emily Rietz and Lilla Clark:

Problem of the Week  – Readers are in a slump with their reading notebooks. Despite being taught lots of creative ways to respond to their reading, Emily and Lilla notice their students gravitating to only retelling the plots in their books. They are struggling to have students respond to their reading with variety and choice.

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My Not-So-Fancy Classroom

Crawling Out of the Classroom

As my classroom assistant and I were setting up our room this past week her seventh grade son remarked, “It’s like you’ve centered everything around books in here.” And I stopped and made him repeat his words just so I could be sure that I heard him correctly. And then I looked him straight in the eye and said, “That’s the greatest thing anyone could have ever said about our classroom.”

A few days later, another teacher walked in and said, “So what’s your theme? Every class has to have a theme.” After I first told him I didn’t really have one and he seemed a bit disappointed, I remembered the words of the wise seventh grader and I said, “Well then, my theme is reading.”

You see, I decided that this year everything that went into my room had to serve a purpose. It had to help my students…

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