Yes, we can teach standards with mentor texts. Of course, please, align them and use them purposefully and intentionally in your planning. You know, I’m an instructional coach so, I’m like, yes, do that. [continue reading] However, use of mentor texts like picture books (at any level), poetry, essays, excerpts of essays, multimedia sources, speeches, … Continue reading What are you truly using mentor texts for?
Finding new children's books that speak to my soul is my passion. Finding new children's books that speak to my soul, allow me to learn new things and connect to life is my passion on overload. That is what this book, Ten Ways to Hear Snow written by Cathy Camper and illustrated by Kenard Pak, … Continue reading Using Mentor Texts to Teach Reading Skills: Ten Ways to Hear Snow
What this is NOT is a toxic positivity post. It is not posted to invoke any positive or negative feelings one way or another. (well…hopefully some encouragement) This is a research-based post. Let me say this first and foremost, it’s always safety first. Teachers, you deserve to feel safe and valued. If you don’t feel … Continue reading Teachers are the Secret Sauce!