#107: How to Structure Your Literacy Teaching Time

Let’s talk about your reading block…Some of the questions I get asked all the time are:

How do you fit everything into your literacy block?  How do you decide what to do, not do (ie.. prioritize)? And what’s your schedule during your literacy block?

When I first started teaching it wasn't long before I realized I needed to be clear about the most important things my students needed to know in order to read and write well, the sequence in which to teach them, and more. It's a lot! Don't worry, I have a plan to share with you.


I'm not going to kid around and tell you it's easy to teach literacy. it's not. You have to have a long-range plan before you can plan weekly and daily lessons. That might mean you planned it all out over the summer or you will plan by the quarter or trimester. We'll do baby steps here. I'll break it all down over a few episodes. 

Today, I have the skinny on planning your literacy block no matter how much time you have in your day to devote to it. In future episodes, we’ll dive into more specifics about WHAT to teach. 

Listen in to the full episode to find out:

  • The essential elements of a great literacy block.
  • What types of instruction you'll need and a general structure to fit it all in.
  • How to adjust your time and the elements for YOUR schedule.
  • And much more!

Listen to this episode for all the goodness [and don't forget to grab the FREE ??? here]. And check out the links to other teacher opportunities and help below. â¬‡ï¸

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