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August 15

Reading Analog in a Digital World by Matt Renwick

Our family was preparing for a day trip to the Wisconsin Dells. There was some reading time available during our trek – my wife agreed to drive home – so I packed the following reading material: Paperback copies of The Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld and The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, […]

August 06

Top Ten Books for Principals to Read Aloud at Staff Meetings by Matt Renwick

Files are saved, paperwork is completed, and instructions are left for the new principal. As I prepare for a new adventure as principal of Mineral Point Elementary School (Wisconsin), there is one thing left to do for my successor: Provide a list of excellent books to read aloud to staff members to start meetings.   […]

Top Ten Books on My Summer To-Read Pile by Matt Renwick

For the first time, I am participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. My goal is 50 books in 2015, or about one per week. As you can see, I’m a bit behind schedule. Maybe by posting the titles I plan to tackle this summer, I will be more motivated to catch up. Creative Schools: The […]

July 03

Should We Be Quantifying Our Students’ Reading Abilities? by Matt Renwick

When I was still in the classroom, I would take my 5th and 6th grade students to a local creek. Our purpose was to assess the water quality. The students were taught how to use a variety of tests, involving various indicators and kits. One of the tests measured the nitrates in the water. Nitrates […]

Matt Renwick’s Top Ten Takeaways from The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (Penguin, 2013)

Starting in January, parents and staff at Howe Elementary School will join me in reading The Read Aloud Handbook, 7th edition by Jim Trelease (Penguin, 2013). Our goal is to create more awareness of the importance of reading aloud both at home and at school. At each meeting, we will also be taking home some […]

Why I Think Wonder Didn’t Win a Newbery by Matt Renwick

This post was written in front of 27 5th graders at my school. We took two separate periods to construct this post after I read aloud the book to them. Note: Some students did not agree with my opinion. This persuasive post does not necessarily represent the opinion of any student in my building. As […]

Top Ten Tips for Reading Aloud by Matt Renwick

1. Schedule It Reading aloud shouldn’t be left to that few minutes before lunch. Richard Allington, in his ASCD article Every Child, Every Day, states that students should listen to a fluent adult read aloud every day; it is an essential element of reading instruction in classrooms. As a principal, I try to model this […]

Top Ten Practices for Principals to Promote Literacy in School

1. Read, Read and Read Principals should not only be reading current research and resources about best practices in education, they should be reading children’s books as well as reading for pleasure. With children’s literature, I read the latest releases plus recommended books. My latest favorites are A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Out […]