The web is rich with resources that can inspire and support our teaching; however, navigating the web can be akin to swimming around an endless abyss. The goal of our video section is to give teachers quick access to videos that we have encountered that make us stronger teachers.
Each video in our growing collection is accompanied by a description of why we like it. Sometimes we share our selections because they inspire us. Sometimes, we find things that we like to share with students to support our units of study. Sometimes, we upload selections that demonstrate effective teaching strategies and want to share them with you to help you reflect and think about your teaching. Our collection and suggestions reflect the learning that we, at Literacy Builders, are doing about becoming better teachers of reading and writing and will always be a work-in-progress.
Have you ever sat in on a meeting and heard a term being volleyed back and forth with absolutely no idea what it meant? So have we.
We created our dictionary of terms to help educators establish a common frame of reference that allows us all to speak the same language when it comes to literacy. We have painstakingly researched and wrestled with word choice to define each term in our glossary. Like all of our segments, our dictionary will always be a work-in-progress with new terms being added and old definitions being refined as we continue to expand our own learning.
“A picture is worth a thousand words.”
Fred R. BarnardAt Literacy Builders, we are firm believers in “show me.” When we are learning new things or when we don’t understand, we want to see it. Our work with teachers brings us into classrooms that span all grades and levels of teacher learning. Our photo gallery shares pictures of literate environments, organizational frameworks, and teaching strategies in action. Each of our photos is accompanied by our thinking and reflection about the content of the photo. Our hope is that by sharing our thoughts, we can help other teachers critically reflect on their teaching methodologies and practices.
We believe in what the web offers in the way of learning and collaboration! Our recommendations are broken down into two categories: websites that support classroom instruction and websites that support teacher learning. Each of our suggestions is accompanied by a description of why we like it and when it’s possible, we offer thoughts and examples of ways we have used the web technology available on recommended sites with students.
Literacy A-Z explains the what and the why, our lesson plans show you HOW.
This section of our website will share lessons that you can download for free to support your teaching and learning. Each month we will feature a different unit of study or focus area in both reading and writing. While not nearly as comprehensive as what we have available to you in our store as part of our membership or pay-per-download, these lessons are all field-tested and promise to help you on your journey to provide strong literacy instruction in your classroom.
We all need inspiration from time to time. Whether it be about life in general, reading instruction, writing instruction, or good teaching, you are bound to find a quote that speaks to your learning needs.