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Dr. Joanne Meier

Along with her background as a professor, researcher, writer, and teacher, Joanne Meier is a mom. Join Joanne every week as she shares her experiences raising her own young readers, and guides parents and teachers on the best practices in reading.

May 8, 2007

My daughter Anna LOVES to write. It's something she's always enjoyed doing. Her kindergarten class has Writer's Workshop several times a week, and she eagerly publishes her stories. During our school's Author Share later this month, Anna's planning to share a book of short stories she's penned. More >

May 4, 2007

Every week headlines from newspapers around the world tout "reading interventions" that claim fantastic results. More >

April 25, 2007

My friend Karen's daughter was just diagnosed with LD and ADHD. We both suspected this would be the outcome — it's been a long year of failure, referral, testing, and eligibility. Karen and Lisa are both exhausted by the process and feel relieved that Lisa might start getting the help she desperately needs. More >

April 17, 2007

My first year of teaching (sigh, moan, groan) included a single-wide trailer behind a "high-needs school," one ream of paper for my copies (that was replenished in December), and one truly fabulous colleague. More >

April 10, 2007

Molly brought home her kindergarten report card yesterday. I completely skipped over the grades section, and went right to the teacher comments, written by Molly's teacher. More >

April 3, 2007

6:17 A.M. Anna: Mama, you know how it says "The Solar System" on the wall of my classroom? Well, it really says 'The space solar space system space.' Me: (Yawn) Um, what sweetie? Anna: On the wall. It really says, "The space solar space system space." You know, you have to put a space in-between words otherwise it just says gobbledy-gook. More >

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