A Literacy-Rich Environment in the Classroom

Thank you to the Colorado Council of the International Literacy Association (CCIRA) for asking me to be a guest blogger! This is an updated version of a previous post on a Literacy-Rich Environment!

CCIRA Professional Development Blog

By Jan Anttila

Getting students absorbed in meaningful, purposeful literacy activities requires a number of significant changes in the classroom – in the physical environment, in the events and activities, and in the nature and quality of the interactions. – Noel Jones

By now, your classrooms are all set up, decorated and in full use by your students, and I’m sure they look wonderful. But I have a question for you. Is your classroom Literacy-Rich?  This was a question I asked many teachers during my tenure as a district literacy trainer for Douglas County Schools in Colorado. I trained hundreds of elementary and secondary teachers in  best practices in teaching literacy, called LIFT (Literacy Instructional Framework for Teaching). This program was based on the California Early Literacy Learning program (CELL).

Screen Shot 2018-10-23 at 8.06.26 AM                   Screen Shot 2018-10-23 at 8.06.33 AMOne of the most important components of LIFT was…

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