Alex Lancia

Reflections on teaching, learning, and life



Growing Reading Skills Sans Reading

In the past I struggled to effectively involve my whole class authentically in retelling, inferring, and identifying author's message because the ranges of reading levels and English proficiency were so vast that it was hard to find a text we... Continue Reading →

“Just Right” AR Books: a Parent Infographic

The school year is quickly coming to a close and my hope is always that students keep up their reading stamina by reading voraciously over their summer break.  However, a common question from parents is regarding how to ascertain whether... Continue Reading →

“I Love Reading” … What Students Really Think

So last week I made the mistake of not changing my daily schedule and left out reading for the day.  Didn't take long for a mutiny to break out in the classroom ... "why don't we have reading today Mr.... Continue Reading →

MAP, DRA2 & AR: Crunching the data… And?

A quick Google search on Accelerated Reader (AR) will lead to all sorts of varied opinions. The most vociferous I find are the haters, very vitriolic in their critiques of the program.   What is sorely lacking from many of... Continue Reading →

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