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Using Reading Levels to GUIDE But Never LIMIT

Reading a recent blog by Donalyn Miller, On the Level, caused me to reflect. I have long used the Fountas and Pinnell as well as the DRA leveling…

Mar 19, 2018  |  By Kathy King-Dickman
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Why Reading Aloud is One of Our Best Instructional Tools

 “Mrs. D, Travis ain’t a good reader. Why he don’t read no better than I do. We got lots of good readers in our class, but Travis, he…

Apr 11, 2017  |  By Kathy King-Dickman
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Letter to a New Teacher (And a Short Reminder to a Seasoned Veteran, Part 2)

In part 1 of this letter, I listed the attributes that are important in running an effective classroom-attributes that are each expanded upon in in my blog series, Engaging…

Feb 16, 2017
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Engaging the Disengaged: Letter to a New Teacher (And a Short Reminder to a Seasoned Veteran, Part 1)

Early one winter morning during my last year of teaching middle school, shortly after completing my mini-lesson and setting the purpose for independent reading, I directed my eighth-graders…

Feb 9, 2017
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Don’t Let Billy Sit at the Back (or Lessons from Billy)

Last summer I was lucky enough or I should say old enough to attend my 40th class reunion. Having grown up in the small town of Meeker, Colorado,…

Oct 3, 2016
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Engaging the Disengaged Teacher: Supporting Teachers to Embrace Change

It has been said that if nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies; also, progress is not possible without change. So if this is true, why is it…

Sep 14, 2016  |  By Kathy King-Dickman
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