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The Best Ways to Support Your Reluctant Readers

Reluctant readers...we've all had them and we're always looking for ideas to help them.  These are the readers who just haven't learned to love reading...YET!  For whatever reason, reluctant readers don't show any interest in reading, and often hide their feelings for reading and simply avoid reading at all costs.  In my first grade classroom, it's acting out during reading time, always asking to use the bathroom or getting a drink (which I don't let them do) and just doing whatever they can to not read.  Over the years, I've come up with some ways that I get my reluctant readers to at least LIKE reading.  I can't promise a love of reading immediately, but these tips may help your reluctant students begin to enjoy reading at least a little bit. 😉 

The Best Tips for How to do Interactive Read Alouds

Interactive Read Alouds are my jam!  I have spent many, many hours reading about them, improving my own and creating resources to help you do them in your classroom.  One might say I'm an Interactive Read Aloud Specialist. ☺️  This year, if you have subscribed to my newsletter I have been sharing all of my tips for getting started with Read Alouds in your classroom.   Here I have compiled all of them into a quick and easy list for you.

The Ultimate Read Aloud Guide: A Freebie

You probably know that Interactive Read Alouds are my jam.  They are my favorite thing to do with my students.  I have worked so hard the last couple of months to create THE ULTIMATE READ ALOUD GUIDE just for you.  Keep reading to find out more.

How To Teach Phonics in the Primary Grades

Teaching phonics is probably one of my favorite things to teach.  In first grade especially, there is so much growth from the beginning of the year to the end.   I love watching my students' knowledge grow. They come into first grade barely knowing their letter sounds and short vowels and most of them leave knowing their long vowels. First graders learn so much in one year and that's why I love teaching first grade. Keep reading to see how I teach ANY phonics skill.

Creating a Bucket Filling Classroom

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?  Do you even know what I'm talking about?  😜  If you do, then this post is for you.  If not, are you looking for a way to teach your students how to be kind and respectful?  Then keep reading, I think you're going to like this.

How to Print Color on a Teacher's Budget

Ready for this amazing trick that I've been using for the past few years.  It's seriously amazing and it's going to change your life.  This quick blog post will tell you how.  Keep on reading!

Authentic Ways to Use Technology in the Workshop: ChatterPix

Do you have iPads in your classroom?  Do you do reading and writing workshop?  Then this post is for you!  I'm going to show you how I use ChatterPix, a free iPad app, in my workshop.  PLUS, you're kids are going to love it!

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