Academic Discussion Norms

Class Discussions That Run Themselves

What I Was Thinking… Much of my classroom instruction revolves around the fifteen cognitive strategies Carol Booth Olson describes in her book The Reading Writing Connection.  If you have not yet heard of Olson’s strategies, they name and explain processes strong readers and writers undergo as they build understanding. For specific details about cognitive strategies, click […]

That’s Not Fair! Reading Between the Lines

My seventh graders finished reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders the week before winter break. The Lexile Framework for Reading puts The Outsiders squarely at a seventh grade reading level, which is perfect for some of my students. For others, it is way to high. To help my struggling readers get through the text, we often listened to the audio version […]