Engage with Award-Winning Books in Your Classroom!

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The American Library Association recently announced the 2021 winners of the youth media award. In addition, many other book awards for K-12 books were recently announced. Award-winning books are always an excellent addition to school libraries and classrooms! It’s like having a ready-made, vetted buying list.  Every year, the American Library Association honors outstanding books, … read more »


Be a Sport! Lessons for Increasing Literacy Using Sports Heroes

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One method for engaging reluctant readers is to provide books and activities that connect to their interests and passions. Making this connection is especially helpful when introducing nonfiction reading materials to students. Matching the appropriate books and articles to individual students takes time but provides long-term rewards, such as increased interest in reading.  Many students … read more »


Bring Letter Writing into Your Classroom: Here’s How

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“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.”Phyllis Theroux When is the last time you wrote a letter using paper and pencil? For many of us, it has been quite a long time. The art of letter writing is under assault from easy access to email … read more »


National Family Literacy Day and Remote Learning

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Our current situation has magnified the importance of connecting with our students’ families and the community, but it’s a crucial time to help families connect with their children. Caregivers and parents play a critical role in a child’s literacy development. Much has fallen in our students’ families’ laps as they navigate the challenges of remote … read more »


Tech Tool of the Month: Classroom, Inc. Part 2

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In Part 1 of this blog, we introduced you to Classroom, Inc. and discussed the application of both the SAMR Model and the Triple E Framework to help you integrate Classroom, Inc. into your instruction. Today’s post offers detailed instructions about how to use this tool and also shares classroom use ideas by subject. How … read more »