Raising Readers: Look for the Clues – Tips and Tricks to Uncover and Help a Remedial Reader

Sandra Stiles, our guest blogger this morning, is here to talk about working with struggling readers.  She teaches reading and English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) at Johnson Middle School, Bradenton, Florida. She is currently writing her first novel. . I love working with remedial students. My own daughter was one. By learning her tricks, I also discovered ways to help her. After she graduated from high school, she was hired as an aid at my charter school. Guess whose class she worked in? Yes, mine. She walked into my classroom and introduced herself to my students. Now that you know that I am Mrs. Stiles’ daughter, there is something important you need to know. I was a student … Read more

Share a Story-Shape a Future: It Starts with Raising Readers

Wow! Share a Story – Shape a Future is now officially underway.  We are kicking off  the event with the theme that also doubles as our goal for the week: Raising Readers. We’ve heard the prescription: read with your kids everyday. It sounds like an infomercial: “In just 15 minutes a day, you can help your child be tops in his class.” But for lots of reasons, that 15 minutes never materializes. I understand, it happens to me too. The good news is that today isn’t the only day kids will see letters and words. We can try again tomorrow. With reading, there is no one perfect starting place, no one perfect moment in time.  Like many of the good things … Read more

For the Love of Reading

I love books. I love to read. I always have. Undoubtedly, growing up in a house filled with books (Dad was a history teacher) made reading accessible. Having books around doesn’t guarantee a love of reading. I know, because neither my mother nor my brothers are avid readers. They read of necessity, but don’t pick up a book “just because.” Through my daughter, I have rediscovered a love of reading children’s books. Before she was born, I started collecting books for her. Not to teach her to read, but to have something we could share together, forever. As she grows, so does her library. I periodically thin her shelves, but it is hard to let go of a treasured moment. … Read more