All posts by Angela


Join Me at the WNY Young Writer’s Studio!

By day, I’m a consultant in school districts throughout Western New York. Summers, weekends, and evenings often find me writing and learning beside kids and teachers at the WNY Young …


Struggling to Comprehend? Grammar is Your Friend

Catherine Leach is a former Western New Yorker and a long-time friend of the WNY Young Writers’ Studio. She teaches and coaches at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, Texas. I’m …


Pose, Pause, PAIR, Pounce, Bounce? Facilitating Rich Conversations About Text

During lesson study debriefs over the last several years, the teachers that I support shared their observations relevant to a variety of focal points. Often, they lingered over what they …


Five Ways to Help Readers Manage Frustration

1. Frame it positively. I notice that all too often, readers assume that unless they are reading fast, reading accurately, and making perfect meaning from text, they are failing. Several …


Building vs. Activating Background Knowledge

I spent Saturday with teachers and writers at the WNY Young Writers’ Studio. Our season is winding down, and everyone is swimming in the depths of the projects they’ve been …


Readers’ Workshop, Choice, and the Common Core LEARNING Standards

Students’ ability to read complex text does not always develop in a linear fashion. Although the progression of Reading standard 10 (see below) defines required grade-by-grade growth in students’ ability …


It’s Not About Us: Intervention is About Working in Service to Readers, Not Pedagogy

Yesterday, I opened a conversation about the roles that assessment and intervention play in attending to the needs of struggling and reluctant readers. The most important thing I’ve learned? It’s …


Guiding Reluctant and Struggling Readers with Quality Assessment and “Just Right” Intervention

When we first meet a reluctant or struggling reader, sometimes our first impulse is to act in service to this reader. We are teachers. We want to help, and we know …


Could Balance Empower Struggling and Reluctant Readers?

  I’m wondering what the unintended consequences might be of  mandating the removal of any one of these parts from the whole? But I’m also wondering what the unintended consequences …


Scaffolding Texts and Reading Experiences

When we’re paying attention, we learn things about our students that we’ve never considered before. Over the last three years, I’ve conducted lesson studies in roughly fifty classrooms with over …