Establishing Your Reading Schedule

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Teachers make thousands of decisions every school year. This includes everything from how the classroom looks to different ways to teach content. While all decisions are complex and challenging, one of the hardest involves establishing your reading schedule. Since reading is absolutely essential, the time set in the schedule is a reflection of your priorities. Thankfully, multiple reading schedule options ensure students receive the instruction they need and deserve. 

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Frontloading Reading Schedule 

When considering this schedule, think of a sandwich. The teacher will spend more whole group time at the beginning and end of the week. Small group work will then occur in the middle of the week. 

Benefits of Reading Schedule

One of the hardest parts of teaching is knowing when to teach and when to practice. So, this reading schedule helps solve the problem! At the beginning of the week, the teacher lays out the content. Then, students spend the remainder of the week practicing in small groups. I love how this reading schedule allows students to focus on deeper, more focused learning. Students who need targeted instructional support can receive it throughout the week! 


The free guidebook includes 5 different schedule options. Thankfully, this means whether you have a 45-minute or 90-minute reading schedule, there are options for you! Overall, Monday begins with several mini lessons over the weekly material. Then, students work in small groups Tuesday-Thursday to work on mastering the focus elements. On Friday, they wrap up lessons and activities and complete assessments. 


Is This For Me?

If you enjoy some flexible time in your schedule, this could be the schedule for you! Whether preferring the mini-lesson format or enjoying time wrapping up loose ends, this schedule allows for both. Additionally, it permits teachers to spend more time on comprehension and identifying misconceptions for differentiation. If you are searching for tips on helping students become stronger in reading, you can even check out Building Comprehension. Ultimately, this reading schedule allows you to have structure and routine while allowing you to step outside the norm. 

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A/B Block Reading Schedule 

This design model has a unique spin on the everyday organization of a reading block. Instead of the same thing every day, Monday and Wednesday mirror each other while Tuesday and Thursday mirror each other. 


Honestly, the traditional copy/paste schedule does not allow enough time for students to learn everything. Lessons become too rushed and simplified. So, a block schedule allows for more balance. This means that teachers can dive deeper into the content when they are not rushing against the clock. The block schedule creates a better balance on how to ensure students are learning without feeling overwhelmed. 

Examples of Reading Schedule 

I love how block schedules allow for so much versatility. For instance, you may have a block of 90 minutes with writing or 120 minutes without writing. Thankfully, the guidebook includes 5 different block schedules. Teachers can then decide how to utilize the allotted time. This can include time for phonics and grammar mini-lessons, guided reading time, mentor texts, and independent work time. I love how block schedules allow students to have the guidance and support of the teacher while also allowing them to build skills independently. 

Is This For Me?

Honestly, only you can answer what is best for your classroom. However, if you do not like to do the same thing every single day and need to mix things up, it could be! In other words, if you like to break away from traditional schedules and are a master of the mini-lesson format, a block schedule could be the answer. Additionally, if you are looking for a strong way to help differentiate and reach all of the unique learners in your classroom, this option could be the perfect solution. This schedule will help ensure you provide instruction for all 5 components of literature while allowing students to think deeply! 

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Balanced Reading Schedule 

In this schedule, students receive the same amount of instruction every day. However, there is a unique twist to keep lessons exciting.

Benefits of Reading Schedule

If you are a teacher who loves routine, this can be the perfect reading schedule for you! Students will have a transparent routine with them knowing what to do and where to go each day of the week. Each day follows the same routine, so students know exactly what to expect! Therefore, they can dive right into the content. 


The balanced reading schedule works for any amount of classroom time. Thankfully, the free guidebook includes 5 different versions for examples. Typically, the schedule will begin with students working on a mini-lesson over a certain skill. Then, there will be stations and groups to work on various skills, such as writing and comprehension. 

Is This For Me?

If you like each day to look and feel the same, this reading schedule is probably for you! It allows you to focus on lessons, such as word studies, and break into small groups. This is especially helpful if you think taking a break during stations is beneficial for classroom management. This schedule even allows you to meet with your groups multiple times throughout the week. 


Picking the right reading schedule is tough! For additional guidance and support, check out Reading Block Planning Tips! The above options and these tips will make establishing your reading schedule an enjoyable process. 

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Becoming the Best Reading Teacher

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Do you teach the subject you always dreamed of teaching? If you do, I am so happy for you! If you don’t, I understand how painful this can be. It can be frustrating to see the teacher who teaches the subject or grade you want every day. Or, it can be overwhelming to teach a subject you do not feel totally confident about. However, we have to remain positive when this happens and keep our focus on students. They deserve to have happy teachers who love to get to know them and plan amazing lessons. So, let’s dive into becoming the best reading teacher whether you love or hate the subject! 

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#1: Fake It Until You Make It 

I’m sure you’ve heard this saying before! However, it is relevant to so many situations! Even if you hate your current placement, you can still focus on becoming the best reading teacher. Now, are you wondering how you do this? I have a simple yet profound answer. You show enthusiasm every single day! Yes, your enthusiasm HAS to be there! You can’t be crazy about math or science, and your spirit suddenly disappears when it is time to teach reading. Your persona, vibe, and passion will show to your students. They will pick up on how you are feeling! So, if you are bored or upset, they will feel the same. You must be enthusiastic and excited to draw students into lessons. Ultimately, your mindset and tone have a massive impact on students. 

If you are feeling discouraged because you’ve already started the year and students are noticing a negative vibe, it’s okay! Make the needed changes, and students will notice and do the same. Honestly, this happened to me when I taught writing. It was amazing to see how students became stronger and happier writers when their teacher showed excitement about the subject. 

#2: Make It Fun! 

No one looks forward to being bored for 8 hours. So, when focusing on becoming the best reading teacher, make lessons fun! If you’re having fun, your students will have fun. Yes, this even includes your most reluctant learners or ones who do not want to smile. How do you do this? Break out of the boring worksheet and basal reader and get kids’ hands into the material. They are the ones learning and should be using resources! Put those school supplies to use and allow students to use color coding, scissors, and glue. They can sort different content, complete group work, and work on projects! Honestly, they will love reading lessons when they become hands-on. You will also love seeing a class full of students who are eager and excited to learn! 

Are you struggling with becoming the best reading teacher because you’re unsure how to make reading fun? I understand that! Thankfully, there are so many incredible resources out there to help. For instance, these Building Comprehension Units include educational activities students will love! They will work on making connections, analyzing sources, comparing and contrasting, and fact and opinion among many other skills! 

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#3: Honest Insight for a Reading Teacher 

It is helpful to figure out why you hate teaching reading when working on becoming the best reading teacher. For instance, is it a lack of confidence? Or, is it you don’t understand the standards? Do you not understand the phonics portion or the vocabulary portion? What is it about reading that you dislike? Maybe it is something you went through in reading class as a student. I promise that once you pinpoint the issue, you can make a plan to do something about it! Planning and teaching reading will become exciting as your mindset changes about the subject! 

If you dislike teaching reading because students seem bored, think about why this is. Honestly, students do not just dislike reading. Something happened to cause this. Maybe you even use some of these techniques that actually Kill the Love of Reading. With honest insight, you can make the needed changes to ensure you and your student see how fantastic reading is!

#4: Keep Learning! 

Teachers are just as much students as they are teachers. They are always learning new teaching strategies, tools, and techniques. This is essential as students and their needs change each year. When students need extra help, teachers can pull various resources out of their toolboxes. Honestly, this could very well be the case for you if you hate teaching reading. In other words, if you do not love to teach reading, there is something ‘not right.’ Maybe it is due to a confusion level about certain material. Or, it could be a struggle to make the learning relatable. Whatever it is, the best thing you can do for yourself and your students is to continue learning.  Find some free webinars online to register for or attend some paid workshops or conferences. It’s our job to be confident in what we teach. We can’t settle if we are not. We must work through our obstacles to provide the best education for students. 

#5: Observe Another Reading Teacher 

Teachers understand how demanding the profession is. So, many are more than willing to open their doors and help other teachers. Do you know someone who loves to teach reading? Or, have you heard about a great reading teacher in your building or a district close to you? Maybe they can help spark some inspiration in you! If you can, take some time during your prep period to go and observe a few reading teachers. Or, talk to your administrator about your feelings and get a sub to go and observe. This is an incredible way to help get some new ideas flowing and give you some motivation to make becoming the best reading teacher a reality. While teachers never like to be away from their classroom, your students will only benefit when their teacher finds ways to make the subject enjoyable. 

#6: Read to Your Students 

Every. Single. Day! Students love to be read to no matter their age. So, this is essential to do even if a love of reading or teaching reading isn’t in your blood. We cannot let the students suffer because we don’t like something. Even if you have a lower confidence level in your instruction, make it a priority to read to your class daily. At the very least – this is one of the BEST things you can do for your students to ensure THEY fall in love with reading. Hopefully, it will also help you fall more in love!

After reading these tips, you may be overwhelmed about becoming the best reading teacher. Honestly, that means you care and want to be the best teacher for your students. They will appreciate that you are taking the time to explore why you dislike reading and how to find enjoyment. Since this won’t happen overnight, check out the Adventures of Teaching Facebook Support Group! This group offers amazing collaboration among teachers to share tips, tricks, and strategies to make learning fun! 

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7 Things to Stop Doing With Your ELL Students

7 Things to stop doing with your ell students

Are you always trying new strategies to keep students excited about learning? Ultimately, the hope is that if students remain engaged, they will learn the material deeper. Since students’ needs change throughout the year, teachers often change their teaching techniques. I get why we do this! However, it is essential to reflect on what we are doing and if it is best for students. While we always have the best intentions, we are still humans. We make mistakes! That is exactly why I am here to share 7 things to stop doing with your ELL students! 

7 Things to stop doing with your ell students

#1: Stop Dumbing Down and Watering Down Content 

Now, you may be rolling your eyes as you read this. But, let me explain. I understand why people think that ELL students need simpler content. BUT, this does not mean they need dumbed-down materials. This will only make them bored. They will also think their teacher does not believe in them. Instead, bring them up to your level through scaffolding and differentiation strategies. They deserve modifications and accommodations that allow them to close the gap and still interact with classmates. 

#2: Stop Thinking Your Students Are Low 

Imagine being given a book written in a language you barely understand.  It’s not even like you can sound out unknown words because you don’t even understand the language. You would feel confused and frustrated. This is exactly how ELL students feel when they receive books and worksheets they can’t read. So, teachers often give them a very basic assignment instead. However, ELL students are NOT low! They just don’t understand the language. They need time to transfer information from one language to the other. Once they do, they will be able to show how smart they are. 

#3: Stop Forcing Them to Speak If They Aren’t Ready 

ELL students are experiencing an entirely new world. They need time to take everything in and adjust to new surroundings. So, don’t force them to speak. You want to encourage them by giving them the opportunity, but you do not want to mandate talking. Instead, model how to have a conversation. When they are ready, they will open up. If you stay positive, they will gain the confidence to talk. 

#4: Stop Correcting Language 

If you took a foreign language class in school, do you remember being confused about how the language works? For instance, some languages put the adjective after the noun instead of before. Similarly, an o or an a in select words determines male or female. Just like we were confused, our ELL students are confused! They will make mistakes as they learn a new language. If they are constantly corrected, they will become scared to talk. Instead, model good language. With time and practice, ELL students will see their mistakes and make the needed adjustments. 

#5: Stop Denying Their Culture and Language 

I cannot stress this enough! Our ELL students follow different cultural traditions than we may know about. They will also go home and speak a language we do not understand. We cannot deny these aspects. This means we cannot turn them off the second school begins. Instead, we need to allow students to bring their culture and language into the classroom. Embrace their backgrounds and differences. Students will feel happy to be who they are while adjusting to a new environment. 

#6: Stop Assuming A Student Knows Something Just Because They Don’t Ask Questions 

Yes, it would be great for students always to let the teacher know when they are confused. We would love for them to ask questions whenever they come up. However, this is not realistic. Students may not know how to ask questions. Or, they may be content to just sit there during the lesson. They may say they understand, but in reality, they don’t. Honestly, this is the case for all of our students. Not just our ELL students. So, we must stop assuming they understand the text, worksheets, and activities. We must clarify our understanding of even the most minor instruction components. Students will be thankful they have such a patient and caring teacher that learned the 7 things to stop doing with your ELL students. 

#7: Stop Letting Students Just Sit There 

Teachers love a classroom of focused students. However, focus does not always mean quiet! We cannot just let our ELL students sit there. They need to be involved just like everyone else. This means we hold them to the same expectations as all the students in the classroom. So, this means we model what to do. We provide help and guidance. We ensure students understand what to do and support them in learning. 

ELL students are adjusting to so much at once. On top of changes at home, their schooling is entirely different. While they need support and guidance, they do not need basic worksheets. They do not need to be treated differently just because they have different backgrounds. Thankfully, these 7 things to stop doing with your ELL students will ensure they receive appropriate lessons!

For more helpful tips on teaching students, check out Gifted Reading. It provides great ideas to include in lessons. 

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7 things to stop doing with your ell students