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Reading the Sun, Moon, and Stars: Intergenerational Literacy

Spencer Salas
Spencer Salas

Happy October from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte! This month, my Dad’s turning 90 and for this blog post I’d like to share one of the stories he’s told us about growing up on the island of Guam … Continue reading

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Reading With Purpose This School Year

Spencer Salas
Spencer Salas

Hello again from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte! In July, I kicked off this teaching reading blog with some thoughts about the categories of “reading” and “literacy” and why they matter for a new school year. For this … Continue reading

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“Literacy” vs. “Reading”: 3 Questions to Consider This Fall

Spencer Salas
Spencer Salas

Greetings from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where I’ll be writing this “teaching reading” blog for these next 12 months! To kick things off, I want to look a little at the categories of “reading” and “literacy.” To … Continue reading

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How to Improve Reading Comprehension? Team With a Theme

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

“We don’t read that much at school. Mostly we do our work,” observed Selena, a third grade multilingual learner (MLL). I knew the “work” she was referring to involved reading, but obviously she didn’t think it was real reading. I … Continue reading

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3 Lessons From a Teacher of Reading Teachers

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

What can we learn from someone who teaches current and future reading teachers? A lot, as it turns out. I recently heard about Dr. Shuai Zhang when he was featured in a newspaper story about his service work with young … Continue reading

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Using Picture Books to Teach Multiculturalism and Challenge Bias

Naashia Mohamed
Naashia Mohamed

As classrooms become more culturally diverse, culturally sustaining pedagogy is instrumental to fostering feelings of inclusion among all students. Students should be prompted to examine their own racial, ethnic, and cultural identities and their relationships with others who share different … Continue reading

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Are Your EL Expectations High—or Hurried?

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

January brings the beginning of a new year and an opportunity to start fresh. We make resolutions and hold ourselves to high expectations. After a few weeks, however, resolve dwindles. Why? Experts say we need to set achievable goals and … Continue reading

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Navigating the Reading Wars With English Learners

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

If you follow literacy issues, you have probably heard of the Reading Wars. If you haven’t, Jill Barshay’s recent article for the Hechinger Report does the best job I’ve seen yet of explaining the nuts and bolts of this disagreement … Continue reading

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