Across the Street

By Joyce Rankin

"To Open or Not to Open? That is the question."


The hot topic these days is how to open schools safely this fall, or, whether or not, they should be opened at all.  Everyone seems to have their own opinion and is awaiting their district’s decision.


When schools were originally closed to...
27.08.20 01:20 AM - Comment(s)

Handwriting Takes Thinking

By Joyce Rankin

Did you know that handwriting isn't taught in some classrooms? In my opinion, some teachers have thought, mistakenly, that students need to learn how to use a computer keyboard rather than teaching them how to write.


More and more classrooms are now adding handwriting back into their Language Arts cu...

16.07.20 05:16 PM - Comment(s)

It's Always Something...

By Joyce Rankin

Last month I said I would confront the “Reading Wars”; the debate over the best way to teach our children to read. Since then, we've had unexpected disruptions in education because of the Coronavirus. I’ll write about the reading wars later. Right now, I’m getting a lot of interest in how the nation...

16.07.20 05:14 PM - Comment(s)

Read This...

By Joyce Rankin

If you think you’ve heard enough about reading and you’re OK with the fact that only 40% of our third graders are reading at grade level stop reading right now. If, on the other hand, you're concerned that so many children cannot read at grade level and you’re bothered that 70% of tho...

16.07.20 05:12 PM - Comment(s)

2020 Vision: Implementing the READ ACT

By Joyce Rankin

On January 8th at 10 am, the Colorado Legislature convened the 72nd General Assembly. The Colorado Constitutionstates that the regular session must begin no later than the second Wednesday in January and must adjourn within 120 calendar days. There are also special sessions that are called to e...

16.07.20 05:10 PM - Comment(s)