Extensive Reading (FVR)


By |2023-06-29T10:36:05-06:00June 29th, 2023|

Laura, a beginning teacher, writes: "I would love to use some of your books and start some FVR, How do I do that if the school doesn't have extra money to buy books for FVR and books to read together?" Good question, and one that I get asked a [...]


By |2023-01-30T10:17:48-07:00January 30th, 2023|

(This article was originally published in the International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching (IJFLT), Summer, 2005 edition under the title Another Win for Harry Potter: More Evidence of the Value of Free Reading. I'm still learning from this kid.) Here is the article in a pdf format. Have you [...]

Quantity Beats Quality

By |2022-08-19T13:21:08-06:00August 19th, 2022|

(This is a excerpt from my book and workshop: Hi-Impact Reading Strategies: How to Accelerate Fluency and Proficiency with Reading. Get the book in hard copy here and the eBook here.) When designing your Independent Reading Program this year, consider this. An interesting experiment is described in the book [...]


By |2022-08-19T08:48:47-06:00August 15th, 2022|

Kelly, a reader of this blog, writes: Thank you for the thorough and interesting materials on your website.  I am experimenting with a bunch of them this year, especially the SSR and Quickwrite components of a daily schedule. . A quick question - would you allow students to listen to [...]

New Book by John Sifert

By |2022-02-17T21:31:39-07:00February 17th, 2022|

La decisión más peligrosa, by John Sifert Book Review by Jennifer Degenhardt If you have not heard of this book yet, please let this serve as your introduction. GET IT NOW! (Click here) This second-in-the-series book by John Sifert is...WOW! The story has some new characters than the first [...]

Sharing Books

By |2021-11-18T17:30:25-07:00November 18th, 2021|

Kids like sharing books. I've had students pass books from hand to hand outside of class for weeks because they found them so compelling. Paper books are superior in almost every way. Digital books are infinitely better than no books, but begin thinking about how to budget for and [...]


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