Maria Walther

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What I'm Reading—Maria Walther

Maria Walther October 4th, 2016

To spark students' thinking, we read humorous titles, nonfiction texts, and stories with complex themes and ideas.

State Reading Conferences: A Fabulous PD Opportunity!

Maria Walther September 28th, 2016

In my mind, state reading conferences offer some of the best, most cost-effective and practical professional learning opportunities around.

Reading Workshop: Thinking, Talking, & Learning

Maria Walther June 13th, 2016

I’m fortunate to be in a book club with a group of longtime friends, many of whom are retired teachers. On my drive home the other night, I was brimming with energy after...

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Taking Guided Reading Instruction to the Next Level

Maria Walther February 18th, 2016

In her last post, Next Step Guided Reading Assessment co-author Maria Walther shared her ideas about...

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Why Joyful Read Aloud Experiences Are Essential for Young Readers

Maria Walther February 2nd, 2016

If you asked most of the teachers I know, “What is your favorite time of the day?” I believe many would answer—reading aloud. In my 30 years of teaching first grade, I...

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How to Select Perfect Mentor Texts That Transform Young Readers and Writers

Maria Walther July 1st, 2015

When you’re a children’s literature fanatic, like I am, you surround yourself with fellow book lovers. Recently, I had the opportunity to collaborate with one of my book...

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Why you shouldn’t miss your state reading conference (and a giveaway!)

Maria Walther September 17th, 2014

 What makes attending a state reading conference so special? The energy and enthusiasm. When you gather thousands of teachers who want to improve their craft you find...

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Inquiring Minds: Harnessing the innate curiosity in our young students

Maria Walther August 14th, 2013

If you teach the primary grades, like I do, then I don’t have to tell you that kids are constantly asking questions. At the beginning of the year, the one I hear most...

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