"How to Eat an Elephant One Bit(e) at a Time: Reading Complex Texts"

September 6, 2013 | by Kate Roberts & Maggie Beattie Roberts

There is a saying: “When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.” Attributed to Creighton Abrams, we have come to use this phrase to help us understand that any task, no matter how challenging, can be tackled bit by bit. The quote also reminds us that when we try to do too much at once, we run the risk of failure—or a serious case of lockjaw...  Read More →

"The Right Tool for the Job by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts"

June 1, 2016 |  by Kate Roberts & Maggie Beattie Roberts

“It’s time,” the nurse said as she poked her head into our hospital room. “Great!” we both said in unison, masking the understandable nerves felt by all new parents as they gear up to bring their newborn home for the first time. We went through the list aloud again: car seat? Check. Baby blanket? Check. Keys to the house? Check. We took a deep breath...  Read More →

"On Having Faith (and Teaching Reading) by Kate Roberts"

June 21, 2013 |  by Kate Roberts

It was the last period of the last day of my first year teaching. My homeroom was noisily exiting after what I thought was a very rousing exit speech and Alicia was the last to leave. She paused. For a moment I thought she might apologize – for the violent outbursts, or the obscenities, or the general disrespect. Or maybe, I thought, she was going to thank me...  Read More →




"Chris Lehman and Kate Roberts on Close Reading"

Franki Sibberson chats with Chris Lehman and Kate Roberts about close reading in this 30-minute podcast.  Full transcript →

"Christopher Lehman & Kate Roberts—Falling In Love with Close Reading"

Christopher Lehman & Kate Roberts join Justin Baeder to discuss their book Falling In Love with Close Reading.  View on Principal Center Radio →


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