Using Digital Apps to Support Students’ Literacy Learning

Forty-two percent of respondents in the What’s Hot In Literacy 2020 Report voted “determining effective instructional strategies for struggling readers” as the second most critical topic for improving literacy outcomes within the next decade (International Literacy Association, 2020, p. 10). Helping students who are experiencing reading difficulties become more capable and confident is a relevantContinue reading “Using Digital Apps to Support Students’ Literacy Learning”

Back to School Again

Today marks the first day of the new semester, so of course this song has been taking up space in my head. You’re welcome. Unlike in the movie, however, there is no unmasked, group-dancing in early-September sunshine to celebrate the occasion. It is February 2021, and we’re still learning from home in our Covid-quarantine bubblesContinue reading “Back to School Again”

Are Kids Who Hate Reading Just Reading the Wrong Books?

I was scrolling through social media recently when I came across the above meme and quote. As a mother, certified teacher, and fulltime literacy education student, I have mixed feelings about this message. On the one hand, I wholeheartedly believe in the transformative power of books. They allow us a glimpse into other people’s lives,Continue reading “Are Kids Who Hate Reading Just Reading the Wrong Books?”

Vocabulary Instruction: Morphology

Freeman and Freeman discuss the importance of teaching content-related vocabulary and embedding vocabulary instruction in meaningful reading (D. Freeman & Y. Freeman, 2014). Vocabulary instruction is critical for improving students’ reading and comprehension of academic subjects, especially as the complexity and cognitive demands of academic material increases. Palumbo et al. (2015) write about importance ofContinue reading “Vocabulary Instruction: Morphology”

Applying Grice’s Cooperative Principle to Online Discussions

Philosopher of language H. P. Grice (1989) developed a set of rules used to determine the efficacy of conversation between speakers and listeners. Termed Grice’s cooperative principle, these rules center around the Quality, Quantity, Relation, and Manner of an exchange. Quality refers to the extent to which a statement is true and supported by evidence.Continue reading “Applying Grice’s Cooperative Principle to Online Discussions”

Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Woodson, J. (2016). Brown girl dreaming. Puffin Books. Category: Autobiography or memoir Summary: Written in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming captures author Jacqueline Woodson’s memories of growing up in the south and north, as well as her family and community. Theme: The past shapes who we become. Generalizations: family, community,Continue reading “Brown Girl Dreaming”

Language as a Functional Resource

Teachers must consider many factors when planning and teaching, but two are likely at the forefront. One is pedagogical content knowledge, which refers to teachers’ understanding of specific subject matter. The other is pedagogical language knowledge, which refers to teachers’ awareness of the language students need to master the content (D. Freeman & Y. Freeman,Continue reading “Language as a Functional Resource”

Critical Literacy Theory

Subscribing to Critical Literacy Theory entails the careful examination and evaluation of text in order to “see” multiple versions of the same story. It requires deliberately questioning the voices of the majority perspective by bringing those of the oppressed to the forefront. It involves analyzing the structure and content of words and images to understandContinue reading “Critical Literacy Theory”

The Gardener

The Gardener written by Sarah Stewart; illustrated by David Small Stewart, S. (1997). The gardener. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Category: Historical fiction picture book Summary: Lydia Grace Finch is sent to help her uncle Jim in his bakery in the city. A gardener at heart, Lydia is on a mission to make her surly uncleContinue reading “The Gardener”

Why “Books and Bloom”?

For several years now, I have been wanting to start a blog. But what to call it? While not the only factor holding me back—would anyone read what I wrote? would they even want to?—I’m embarrassed to admit that the lack of a title was an admittedly convenient excuse. In truth, I was standing onContinue reading “Why “Books and Bloom”?”