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Good Readers vs. Great Thinkers

For today’s learners to be successful, knowing the “why” behind a text is more important than just being able to read it with accuracy. What if a..

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Get Back in the Groove

The first days of school are upon us! The flurry of busyness that comes with setting up new classrooms, preparing for new students, and establishing..

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It's Too Late to “Wait-and-See” in Kindergarten

“Don’t worry,” my son’s second-grade teacher was saying to me. “He’ll catch on.”

I sipped my coffee and nodded, but I felt like a zombie. Maybe she..

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Get a Jump on the Summer Slump

Summer vacation is just around the corner, which means now may be the perfect time to start planning goals for summer school instruction. As you plan,..

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Cloudy with a Chance of Shame

During my years in the classroom, I remember going into the last six weeks of the year with a mixture of relief, excitement, and dread. I felt relieved..

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Close Reading Smoothie Recipe

Armed with only four blenders, our dedicated team made and served over 300 Close Reading Smoothies at ILA to show teachers just how simple it is turn..

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Changing the Game, pt. 4

Close reading is the independent, up-close, scrutinized rereading of a content-area text—and it’s front and center in national standards revisions this..

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Changing the Game, pt. 3

New emphasis on close reading means major modifications to your guided reading sessions. In our last post, we identified how to choose the best books..

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Changing the Game, pt. 2

Recent revisions of standards and tests have given you a tricky new task: modifying your instruction to ensure students master more complex learning..

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Changing the Game, pt. 1

A new year, just around the corner? Certainly this calls for a celebration, but in the back of your mind, are you feeling a bit nervous about this..

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Contributors

  • Brian Childs

    Brian Childs is a veteran and former teacher in the Greater Orlando area. He has experience teaching in every grade level from elementary to adult education. He is the creator of the parenting...

  • Lesley Fields

    On my last day of kindergarten, my teacher encouraged the class to come dressed as the person they wanted to be when they grew up. Amidst a sea of cheerleaders, ballerinas, cowboys, and a...

  • Carrie Contey, Ph.D.

    Carrie Contey, PhD is a internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting, family life and being a healthy, happy,...

  • Jill Eggleton

    Jill Eggleton is the author of the Key Links Literacy series. As an international educational consultant and teacher, Jill has 30 years of teaching and administration experience. She is...

  • Aimee Karr

    As a former elementary school teacher, Aimee knows the value of balance in the classroom. She uses her hands-on knowledge to create products with just the right balance of rigor and play — right...

  • Alison Schmerler

    A lifelong Letter People lover and experienced Kindergarten teacher (18 years in the classroom in fact!), I have called Abrams Learning Trends my professional home for the last 16 years....

  • Abrams Learning...

    As former educators, parents of school-age children, and former quirky kids ourselves, education is near and dear to our hearts. That’s why we have dedicated our work to supporting schools...

  • Erin King

    Like you, I wear many hats—proud mama, devoted wife, passionate teacher, life-long learner, sister, daughter, friend, colleague...and VP of Marketing for Abrams Learning Trends.

  • Gare Thompson

    Gare Thompson started his educational career as a kindergarten teacher. Over the course of his career, he has taught each grade level and has educated hundreds—maybe even thousands—of children in...

  • Aaron Mayers, CEO

    Similar to many of our stories, my personal interest in improving literacy was stoked by a mother who was an elementary school teacher, and a father who published one of the most successful...