Talking to the Text


Talking to the Text is a problem-solving routine.







Talking to the Text (TttT) is a Reading Apprenticeship® (RA) routine that helps the reader learn how to figure out the meaning of text based on his or her schema, paying attention to the text, and by focusing on his or her metacognitive processes as the reader reads on to make meaning of the text.

This is a scaffold to allow students to work with the text independently before sharing in the group, which really helps the readers who benefit from multiple readings of text and provides more time for reflection. Unlike the Think Aloud, which does not require writing, the TttT uses written comments to showcase the student’s thinking and metacognitive thoughts.

How does a student learn how to TttT?

A reader will write in the margins, make notes, underline and circle words, ask questions, and make comments and predictions. The reader notes what he knows, what is thinking about, what connections he sees or does not see, what his predictions might be, etc.


Why You Should Read This Article Slowly

By Joe Moran

Amid fears of shrinking attention spans, it’s time to stop skimming our screens and try slow reading – it is rich in rewards

Go slow …

Are we doomed to read distractedly in the digital age? Technology seems to deter slow, immersive reading. Scrolling down a web page with your thumb feels innately less attentive than turning over the pages of a book. Reading on a screen, particularly a phone screen, tires your eyes and makes it harder for you to keep your place. So online writing tends to be more skimmable and list-like than print. At the top of a web article, we are now often told how long it will detain us, forewarned that the words below are a “15-minute read”. The online reader’s put-down is TL;DR. Too long; didn’t read.

LINK: con’t at The Guardian

Build Your Stack


We’re building NCTE into the place where you go to meet authors of significance, paving the way for knowledge and relationships that transform students and schools.









Our members’ knowledge of books should be celebrated and recognized, and this new initiative offers just the right platform.

But, you might say, there are so many books out there, and I have so little time to explore them all. We know! Build Your Stack will reduce the guesswork that goes into building a classroom library by creating a trusted connection to the best books, recommended by colleagues with deep expertise.

1. A set of 35 unique sessions in the Exhibit Hall at the NCTE Annual Convention in Houston, Texas. Each 20-minute session will feature authors and educators talking about their favorite books and how to use them in the classroom.

2. Booklists and recommendations all year long, curated by NCTE members and shared via our member communications.

3. Periodic professional learning experiences in sites across the country that bring NCTE members together with authors and dynamic educators.