Category: Reading

Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters

Review by Laurie Thurston

It’s no longer about “best practices.” It’s about disrupting practices.

Authors Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst open their new book with two essential questions: What needs to change? What assumptions make that change hard? The goal of their work is to create a classroom culture that empowers readers to embrace struggle. The goal is not to make the work easy, but to create conditions that support the student during challenging moments in order to find their way […]

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Part 3 – Independent Means Independent—The Importance of Student Choice

Part 3 of The Independent Reading Series
(Originally posted on Sept. 1, 2015.)

In his article A Skill for Life, high school teacher Steve Gardiner explains that “We write learning objectives, create computerized reading programs, and schedule day-by-day instruction, but we often ignore the fact that human beings most frequently succeed at activities they enjoy.” He goes on to say, “We don’t need to spend a lot of money or design complicated programs to help students learn to enjoy reading; we just […]

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Chunking Texts for Better Understanding

While teachers sometimes chunk texts to increase accessibility and understanding, having students do the chunking work themselves brings far greater results. Take a look at the latest installment in our Tips and Tricks for Inquiry-Based Teaching video blog.



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Close Reading in the Primary Grades


We’re often asked how the increased text complexity and close reading strategies from Common Core impact primary students. While Inquiry By Design doesn’t currently provide curriculum or professional development below the third grade (although developing K-2 is certainly in our plan), there are some great organizations and projects providing resources and information for our youngest students.

This Education Week article by Catherine Gewertz, “New Read Aloud Strategies to Transform Story Time,” focuses on how some of the very same close reading […]

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