Activating Agency to Grow Readers

Natalie Vardabasso#EduCrush Podcast

Why do so many teenagers hate reading? Renowned author and Literacy advocate Penny Kittle believes it has everything to do with a lack of “book love” and that teachers have the capacity to ignite it. On the episode, she connects with Natalie to discuss how to expose students to a wide variety of books, conference to unlock the reading life, … Read More

Reading Mastery Grid Tips & Tricks

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Differentiate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Mastery Done Better

TL;DR: When creating a reading grid, consider how the reading will be done: independently, whole class, etc. Focus on standards, not stories. Consider multiple resources/texts. Provide a pathway forward. Increase complexity while students read. Making a Grid Just in case you’re not familiar, The Grid Method is a self-paced mastery framework where the teacher creates a learning pathway in the … Read More

Episode #27: Danny Brassell

Dana GoodierOut of the Trenches Podcast

Affectionately known as “Jim Carrey with a Ph.D.,” Dr. Danny Brassell ( has held a variety of titles and worked with leaders from a variety of fields and disciplines, but he has always considered himself first and foremost a teacher. He is a best-selling author of 16 books, including Leadership Begins with Motivation and The Reading Makeover, based on his … Read More

What Are Book Deserts?

Cait O'ConnorBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: A book desert is defined as a “geographic area with limited access to age-appropriate books, print materials and reading culture.”  Reading requires time and access to materials. Students have a right to quality, diverse, and robust selections of books. Consider representation in reading materials. Readers who can see themselves in books are more likely to pick up more books. What is … Read More

7 Strategies to Promote Reading. #3 is necessary.

Kari PitstickBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Consider how you promote reading in your classroom so that you are instilling a love of learning among your students. Promote reading in your classroom by sharing what you are reading and giving students time to share what they are reading. Allow the use of audiobooks and e-books. Give students time to read in class and read with them. … Read More