Summary Reading Strategies

5 May

1. Have students suggest a title for each paragraph of text.

2. Have groups explain the key points to another group/someone else in under 30 seconds.

3. Jigsaw Reading: People in the class get different articles around the same subject. Someone becomes an “expert” at their topic and teams get reconfigured from their home groupings to share their article and become fluent in each



Previewing Stories

2 May

Many ways but here’s a few to start:

1. Picture walk around the room to preview illustrations and try to guess the storyline.

2. Read the title then make it into a question. Read the intro/summary. What seem to be the main points?

3. “I wonder”-wall. Develop a list of questions based on the story as you are reading. As you are reading, also cross off stuff that you have an answer to.

4. Pose a question that relates to students’ personal experience with something that happens in the story.

5. Give them a topic on a large sheet of paper and students come up with questions that might be answered in that story:  Big Poster says NEW SHOES, post-its might say “Reason for buying new shoes”, “kinds of shoes”, “Things people do while wearing shoes”


Tic Tac Toe-ing

21 Apr

I’ve been reminded of this strategy only recently, and then forgot that this AMAZING idea has been sitting in my Someday Hopeful Notebook for years. wpid-0619150813a.jpg wpid-0619150813.jpg


Here are some sample activities from alternatives to a book project.



7 Apr might not necessarily work for World Language teachers, but I consider myself a teacher of life skills, and this might be great.

Before people started easily sharing articles that they’ve read on Facebook, Flipboard was an easy and beautiful magazine-style way to share articles and accounts easily.


30 Mar

How Mediocre Wi-Fi Interferes with Instruction in American Schools!!

Student Choice Myth

30 Mar

Anyone else tired of hearing that we need to give student’s choices to give them voices? I give my student’s a MYRIAD of choices in MANY ways on a NUMBER of assessments or projects. And without a doubt, I will be asked to my face, “What’s the easiest one or the one that takes less time?”


Teacher Tech 15

30 Mar

Differentiation using Google Classroom

Digital Differentiation with Google Classroom