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Welcome to the Reading Teacher's Playbook—your go to source for upper elementary literacy teachers (grades 3-5) and those who support them, seeking evidence-based literacy practices. Listen in as Eva simplifies literacy instruction, promotes sustainable growth, and empowers you to create engaging lessons that make learning stick. Your host, Eva Mireles, will provide you with practical tips and tools for confident teaching, while fostering a love for reading in your students. Let's huddle up and learn together! Visit her website to learn more: https://evamireles.com/

The Reading Teacher's Playbook with Eva Mireles Eva Mireles, Elementary Literacy Coach

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Welcome to the Reading Teacher's Playbook—your go to source for upper elementary literacy teachers (grades 3-5) and those who support them, seeking evidence-based literacy practices. Listen in as Eva simplifies literacy instruction, promotes sustainable growth, and empowers you to create engaging lessons that make learning stick. Your host, Eva Mireles, will provide you with practical tips and tools for confident teaching, while fostering a love for reading in your students. Let's huddle up and learn together! Visit her website to learn more: https://evamireles.com/

    Finish The Year Strong-ish Casting a Vision for Your Future Self as an Upper Elementary Teacher

    Finish The Year Strong-ish Casting a Vision for Your Future Self as an Upper Elementary Teacher

    In this episode:
                I talk about the what, why and how of casting a vision that will help you finish the year strong-ish in your upper elementary classroom.
    We talk about:
    1.What it means to cast a realistic vision for the end of the school year in your upper elementary literacy classroom. 
    2. Why casting a vision is a form of self care that your future self will thank you for. 
    3.How asking yourself 4 simple questions will help you cast a vision for ending the year strong-ish. 
    Quotables:
    -There is nothing wrong with enjoying some chill time with students, but we all know that if we take students way out of their routine they will take it as permission to live their best life at the expense of our patience and sanity.  
    -Taking time to cast a vision for  what we want the end of the school year to look like, sound like and feel like helps us decide for ourselves what will be most important in our classrooms before our admin comes in and decides this for us. 
    -I am going to help you hold the tension of and. You need to pack up your room and your students need to feel a sense of normalcy.
     
    Links to resources mentioned in the podcast:
    Sign up for the Finish Strong-ish Workshop Here!
    Book a discovery call for one on one coaching or school professional development

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    The Reading Teacher’s Playbook 

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    • 14 min
    How to Leverage Small Group Instruction for Test Prep in Your Upper Elementary Classroom

    How to Leverage Small Group Instruction for Test Prep in Your Upper Elementary Classroom

    In this episode:

                I talk about the what, why and how to leverage your small group time as part of your test prep strategy.

    We talk about:

    1.What test prep should look like during your upper elementary literacy block.

    2. Why leveraging small group instruction should be a part of your test prep strategy.

    3.How to incorporate small group instruction into your test prep strategy using 3 simple steps.

    Quotables:

    -Upper elementary students are just like us, if they think they already know how to do something they check out, if they are bored with the material or the presentation of the material they check out. 

    -Small group test prep helps you monitor student engagement, address test anxiety, and tailor instruction to what your upper elementary students need most. 

    -Both standardized and anecdotal data should help you plan for what skills students need  help reviewing during small group instruction. 

    Links to resources mentioned in the podcast:

    Book a discovery call for one on one coaching or school professional development

    Test Prep Planning Guide 

    Episode 76

    Episode 77

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    • 20 min
    How to Make Independent Reading Part of Your Upper Elementary Test Prep Strategy

    How to Make Independent Reading Part of Your Upper Elementary Test Prep Strategy

    In this episode:
                I talk about the what, why and how using independent reading time as part of your test prep strategy.
    We talk about:
    1.What a test prep framework is.
    2. Why independent reading should be a part of your test prep strategy.
    3.How to incorporate independent reading into your test prep strategy using 4 simple steps.
    Quotables:
    -We said that test prep should be incorporated into your already established reading block and  that it should be used to review already taught skills in a different format.
    -When paired with an appropriate text, independent reading time helps students to build reading stamina as well as reduce stress and anxiety.
    -Both standardized and anecdotal data should help you plan for what skills students need  help reviewing during their independent reading time. 
     
    Links to resources mentioned in the podcast:
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    Next Steps: If this episode resonated with you, take a screenshot of the episode and tag me on instagram @msevamireles. 
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    • 15 min
    How to Leverage Your Upper Elementary Read Aloud Time Within Your Test Prep Framework.

    How to Leverage Your Upper Elementary Read Aloud Time Within Your Test Prep Framework.

    In this episode:

                I talk about the what, why and how of using read aloud with accountable talk as part of your test prep strategy.

    We talk about:

    1.What test prep is and what it isn't.

    2. Why read aloud should be a part of your test prep strategy.

    3.How to leverage your read aloud time within your test prep framework.

    Quotables:

    -Test prep should feel like a time of review for students. It should feel like an opportunity to apply the skills that they have already learned in a different format. 

    -Read-aloud creates a shared experience, it provides an opportunity to practice active listening,it’s an inclusive practice and it helps to reduce stress during this potentially stressful time in the year. 

    -Studies show that being read to helps to reduce stress, anxiety levels and heart rate. Which makes read-aloud the perfect component of your test prep plan.

     

    Links to resources mentioned in the podcast:

    Book a discovery call for one on one coaching or school professional development

    Test Prep Planning Guide 

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    • 15 min
    Under Construction: Crafting Constructed Responses in Upper Elementary

    Under Construction: Crafting Constructed Responses in Upper Elementary

    In this episode:
                I talk about the what, why and how of helping students write constructed responses in the upper elementary classroom. 
    We talk about:
    1.What reading response is and how it relates to constructed responses.
    2. Why constructed responses should have a place in your upper elementary literacy classroom.
    3.How you can help your upper elementary students write constructed responses independently.
    Quotables:
    -Reading response opportunities help upper elementary students deepen their comprehension and engage in productive struggle. 
    -Reading response refers to a tool used to deepen understanding of the text as your upper elementary students read and interact with the text. 
    -Upper elementary students need to engage in productive struggle in order to become more proficient at independently crafting constructed responses. 
     
    Links to resources mentioned in the podcast:
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    Next Steps: If this episode resonated with you, take a screenshot of the episode and tag me on instagram @msevamireles. 
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    • 21 min
    How to use the mini lesson to teach vocabulary and word study in upper elementary.

    How to use the mini lesson to teach vocabulary and word study in upper elementary.

    In this episode:
    I talk about the what, why and how of using the mini lesson framework to teach vocabulary and word study skills in your upper elementary classroom.

    We talk about:
    1.What is vocabulary and word study instruction?
    2. Why does vocabulary and word study instruction matter in the classroom?
    3.How can I use the mini lesson to vocabulary and word study skills?

    Quotables:
    -Students need access to word study and vocabulary instruction in the upper elementary classroom in order to help them read and understand text on a deep level.
    -In grades 3-5 students are required to read multisyllabic words and need to be taught how to do this.
    - The mini lesson is the only framework that respects student attention spans and builds in a way to move students from novice to apprentice intentionally and effectively.

    Links to resources mentioned in the podcast:
    Book a discovery call for one on one coaching or school professional development
    Episode 61: The Real MVP of Your Literacy Block
    Grab Your Free Mini Lesson Guide
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    • 13 min

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9 Ratings

Smallbuttons ,

A Literacy Gem

What’s not to love about Eva’s podcast? If you’re looking for bite sized PD that helps keep your chaotic brain organized, look no further. The format of Eva’s episodes really help me keep track of my learning. She offers easily applicable shifts that can make a big difference in your literacy instruction.

Sometimes just hearing a skilled teacher talk about teaching can lead to lots of lightbulb moments. Episodes are quick and full of insightful and smart thoughts around literacy.

One of my favorite educational podcasts!

Teaching To Transform, LLC ,

A Must Listen!

Eva provides valuable and simple-to-implement strategies for teaching reading. Her podcast is a must-listen for new and veteran teachers alike!

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Amazing Teacher

Eva is an amazing soul. She’s passionate about what she does and goes above and beyond. As a second year, teacher Eva has help me in so many ways. No matter if you’re a first year teacher or a veteran; Eva, is your go to person if you ever need any help. I’m so grateful for meeting her.

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