Silence as Protection

The next few posts will look at the role of silence in relation to students with academic reading difficulties. I’ll be sharing what I have learned about why some students chose to remain silent and limit their interactions with texts in class. If you work with students who have academic reading difficulties, you might have …

More than Lack of Skills or Motivation

Sarah looked at me and said, “Mrs. O’Reilly called my mom last night and said I have an F in social studies.” It was January, and I had asked Sarah, a sixth grader at Miles Middle School, to tell me how her year was going. “How do you feel about that?” I responded. “I would …

Three Keys for Understanding Struggling Readers

I have long had an interest with students who struggle with reading. The term struggling reader has a long history to it. Over time, students who have academic reading difficulties in school have been referred to in a number of ways including reluctant readers, struggling readers, and striving readers. When we use a term – any …

Let’s Talk About Talk

Do you ever say things like: What would a good reader/writer do? How might a good reader/writer solve this problem? Good readers/writers always do…… You’re probably thinking that you are helping your students become better readers/writers by sharing with them the strategies of what good readers/writers do. But did you know that this type of …

Powerful Decisions in Reading

So there you are – there we all are – working our butts off to help our students learn to read and write. We try all sorts of things. We teach them new skills and strategies. We look for new texts to read that we think will challenge them. We do everything as right as …