Chapter 1 and 2 of The SSR handbook by Pilgreen lays out the research centered around reading programs. Chapter 3 switches gears and recounts a pilot program. As Pilgreen began her pilot study she confirms on page 19 that the factors of “access to books, book appeal and encouragement were weak in her classroom. She … Continue reading The SSR Handbook: Chapter 3 Pilot Program.
Find reviews of more must read books at the must read book page. This review focuses on chapter 2 of Janice Pilgreen’s The SSR Handbook. This title is a must have to guide the work of any reading program, whether your focus is Self Directed Reading (SDR), Free Volunteer Reading (FVR), Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) … Continue reading The SSR Handbook: Chapter 2 – Eight Factors for SSR success. Don’t reinvent the wheel.
We become what we read. The SSR Handbook is a title that has guided my teacher persona over the last year. This review is the first of a series which you can find on the books that leave an impression page. The SSR Handbook by Janice L. Pilgreen is a must own resource for any … Continue reading The SSR Handbook: The number 1 resource to start a reading program. Chapter 1: Roots and Rationale Review
See previous thoughts about chapter 1 and 2 in this series of posts designed for me to reflect on my own classroom management thoughts, procedures and consistency. In my situation we are about to complete 1st quarter. I am continually amazed at how fast this year is moving. A large part to this feeling is that overall … Continue reading Better than carrots or sticks: restorative practices for positive classroom management. Chapter 3 takeaways from the depths of October.
As the year winds down I’m ready for some time to reflect. Overall this has been a fantastic year. There have been struggles and celebrations like any other year. But this year, I have provided more input for all levels of students than any other year. I’ve noticed a lot of posts on different social … Continue reading Communicative Context in the Classroom.
For me, most of August is still summer break. But back to school posts start to creep into my feed and, at least initially, there is a feeling of an extended Sunday night looming over each day. If I’m not careful, anxiety over plans for tomorrow take over my time today. It’s not fair to … Continue reading August: Time to harvest Sunday night energy.
Although I’m not sure who first said this, I’ve heard the phrase, “You become what you read” in many different situations. One of the joys of teaching is that we do have some time in the summer to read what we want. Sometimes that has nothing to do with school, but I know many of … Continue reading Books that leave an impression.
As my classes completed a first semester of Self Directed Reading there were still some students who fought the idea of reading or who read begrudgingly. Even though I attempted to consistently remind myself that I needed to hold out and keep offering titles that may interest those students, there were days that it was … Continue reading Quis me amat?: An introductory Latin reading.
Students engage in increasing their language proficiency through self directed or free volunteer reading with comprehensible materials.
First off, I want to make it clear that the following words are my own thoughts and reflections as I observe the discussion over education happening in state level politics in Iowa the last couple of years. I work for West Des Moines Community Schools. These words are my own and have no reflection on … Continue reading A critical year for Iowa public schools.