“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.  

-Chinese Proverb

This blog post is the first in a three part series on vocabulary development.

Educators have long been told that vocabulary instruction is very important in student learning. That is most definitely true, but why? Words are stored in the brain as knowledge.  According to Fountas and Pinnell (2013), "Vocabulary is m...

When students spell based on their current letter/sound knowledge and what they are able to hear when thinking about the word, they are using invented spelling. Though the word may not be spelled in the conventional way, it is far from invented. This type of spelling encourages students to think about and apply their current knowledge of how our language works and provides opportunities for teach...

The Texas Education Agency adopted new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English Language Arts and Reading in 2017. The 2019-2020 school year will be the first year of implementation for these new standards. Whenever I am faced with change, one of my first questions is, "Was this neccessary?"

I had to look no further than the first paragraph of the Introduction to get a satisfying answer.  It re...

With the holiday season wrapping up, there are many items that made each child's wish list. However, books are a valuable gift that can enrich a child's life year round. Books can also provide several learning opportunities to support early literacy such as language development, print awareness, and increased vocabulary. 

According to NAEYC, "Children who have lots of experiences with bo...

One book I love to read to children is Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.  When reading this book, I always think of my mother and how I did not want to go to sleep at night.  My mother would always stay up with me at night until I fell asleep.  This nighttime ritual was our special time together.  When reading Owl Babies, I often thought about how those little owls wanted time with their mo...

Recently, I was trying to find some good picture books to use with the Zoom In thinking routine as found in the book Making Thinking Visible.  I went straight to author/illustrator David Wiesner and his amazing work.  Wiesner is able to take the most ordinary, everyday items and experiences and transform them into incredible adventures. Any of his books would make a great introduction to the Zoom In r...

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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009

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