Vocabulary Gains through Reading

There’s been some discussion lately on the net about vocabulary acquisition and test score gains through free voluntary reading, with some questioning whether it’s possible to get enough reps (12 is the number sometimes cited) in reading of this kind to...

The Potato Peel of Progress

On a teacher email list, this question was posed: With the discussion on free writes and why grading them is detrimental, I have been thinking about tracking student progress. I know I can track the number of words, but what other sorts of things do you track and how?...

Cheating on Timed and Free Writes

On a teacher email list, someone recently proposed this hypothetical question, in connection with free or timed writing, ..Since we use proper nouns a lot in class, why cant we count them?… The example given was a kid who wrote a list of twelve or fourteen names...