Filed under Reading: How We Can Use Quiet Leadership to Empower Others
by Cathy Gassenheimer
Our leadership practices are not keeping up with the realities of organizational life. The result is an increasing gap between the way employees are being managed at work, and the way they want to be managed.
"Countless surveys have been done in this area, ending in headlines like Six out of 10 workers are miserable and 74 percent of staff not engaged at work'. Dig into these surveys and youll see the quality of leadership on top of the list of complaints.
Thus begins Quie...
Close Reading: Do Leveled Texts "Lead to Leveled Lives"?
From The Marshall Memo (2/18/14). Summary by Kim Marshall. Used with permission.
Rethinking Small-Group Instruction with Informational Texts
In (an) important article in The Reading Teacher, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey (University of San Diego) question the traditional model for small-group reading instruction: students working with leveled texts, with texts doing the scaffolding.
The problem, say Fisher and Frey, is that the criteria most schools have been using for instructional level don...
Lessons That Will Help Students Fall in Love with Close Reading
Here's a book about close reading that's worthy of your attention. Reviewer Kevin Hodgson is a sixth grade ELA teacher and technology liaison with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project. He reviews books and writes a blog about the ELA classroom at MiddleWeb, where this review first appeared.
Falling in Love with Close Reading: Lessons for Analyzing Texts and Life, by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts (Heinemann, 2014)
Reviewed by Kevin Hodgson
Authors Christopher Lehman and Kate Robe...
Book Review: Overcoming Textbook Fatigue
by Joan Nash Comer
When I was asked to read and review Overcoming Textbook Fatigue (ASCD, 2012) by ReLeah Cossett Lent, my first thought was Oh my stars! What perfect timing! I was in the midst of my own textbook fatigue in early winter, as a 6th grade reading teacher at Columbia Elementary School in Madison, Alabama.
My second thought was Oh my stars! When will I ever have time to do this?!
However, when I began to read the author's well-crafted and insightful content, it was immediately obviou...
Reflections on a Teaching Life
As the new school year begins, we're pleased to share this reflection on teaching by Georgina P. Nelson, ABPC's Director of Professional Learning during 2011-12. Georgina (the mother of toddler twins!) is moving into school administration this fall, serving as assistant principal for Madison Elementary in the Madison City Schools. During the past year, Georgina's insights, vitality, and passion for the work energized us and we know she will energize the teachers and students in her new school as...