In any given class, at least in the district where I work, there is a huge range of abilities. There may be one or two students above grade level, some on grade level, some who struggle with reading, some ELLs, and some with other special education needs, all in the same classroom. In order for students to be successful…

The best part of teaching 5th grade is watching kids get really excited about a good book. It’s such a shame that reading “experts” in so many districts require teachers to use test-prep passages to teach reading. 5th graders are at an age where they crave relationships. They love reading good books because…