Laura Robb

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Independent reading: nurturing students’ personal reading lives

Laura Robb November 21st, 2017

A sixth grader put it this way: “If I’m into a book, the only thing that can get my attention is if my pants are on fire.”

Student-Led Discussions Develop 21st-Century Learning Skills

Laura Robb November 11th, 2016

For students to develop the 21st-century skills that prepare them for further education and a job market that requires strong literacy, they need the 4Cs: collaboration,... Read more

Independent Reading: A Reading Achievement Game-Changer

Laura Robb August 19th, 2016

Research is clear about the benefits of independent reading of self-selected books in elementary, middle, and high school.

Ten Tips from Laura Robb: Classroom Libraries & Access to Books

Laura Robb July 13th, 2016

A rich and diverse classroom library offers students the choices needed to self-select books they can and want to read.

Ten Surefire Tips for Maximizing Student Reading Stamina

Laura Robb January 7th, 2016

I have just invited eighth grade students to select books and find comfortable places to read them. During the first ten minutes, Adam does everything in his power to...

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Moving Students from Basic Recall to Analytical Comprehension

Laura Robb December 7th, 2015

“Comprehension” is a word that teachers use all the time: Jake’s comprehension is weak; Talia can’t comprehend nonfiction; David comprehends everything he reads. ...

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The Implicit Benefits of Explicit Reading Instruction

Laura Robb November 9th, 2015

“But what does an inference look like?”  This question, posed by a fifth grade student struggling to get a grip on making inferences represents the confusion many students...

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Strategies to Improve Students' Analytical Thinking

Laura Robb July 7th, 2015

“She can read all the words, but she doesn’t remember anything.”

This is a frequent comment from teachers about students who are outstanding decoders, yet who can’t...

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The Power of Three: Prior knowledge, reading purposes, and rereading

Laura Robb August 13th, 2013

It’s no mystery. The more a reader knows about a topic, the better his or her comprehension and recall of a complex text will be.