Teacher Support

Bill's Wiki Site

Bill's Wiki is a web site from which you can download great teaching strategies and information on educational web sites. Over 1,400 teachers have joined this instructional support site.  The Wiki contains additional information about Bill's books, workshops, handouts, and even some PowerPoint presentations. On the Pages and Files tab you'll find over 20 folders full of articles and classroom activities on Student Engagement, Gender Differences, Social Studies, Math, ELA, ELL, Vocabulary Development, Science, the Common Core, Debate, Teaching with Graphic Novels and Teaching with Technology to name a few.

You can find the Wiki at http://billmcbride.pbworks.com/.
[Note that the first time you visit you will be asked to request access, but only once.]



Teacher Recertification Credits:

Project Inform at the University of San Diego, in conjunction with the Department of Defense Education Authority (DoDEA) and the Overseas International Schools, offers recertification hours for reading Entertaining an Elephant. All DoDEA and International School teachers are able to receive one-hour credit by reading the novel and answering three specific questions.

To learn more about Project Inform, log onto

You'll find Entertaining an Elephant in the Academic Categories and Book Resources section under Reform/Curriculum/Teaching.

Bill’s Podcasts: Download MP3 podcasts of Bill explaining his strategies at: http://entertaininganelephant.blogspot.com ipod


Bibliography of Resources for Teaching Literacy:

The following resources provide a multitude of hands-on, practical activities for the teaching of Reading in the Content Areas.

Australia. Education Department of Western Australia. Reading Resource Book. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1994.

Billmeyer, Rachel., and Mary Lee Barton. Teaching Reading in the Content Areas: If Not Me, Then Who?. 2nd ed. Aurora, CO: Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory, 1998.

Burke, Jim. Reading Reminders: Tools, Tips, and Techniques. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2000.

Buehl, Doug. Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning. 2nd ed. Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 2001.

Calkins, Lucy., Kate Montgomery, and Donna Santman. A Teacher’s Guide to Standardized Reading Tests: Knowledge Is Power. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1998.

Ciborowski, Jean. Textbooks and the Students Who Can’t Read Them: A Guide To Teaching Content. Ed. Michael Pressley. Cambridge, MA: Brookline Books, 1998. Cohen, Elizabeth. Designing Groupwork: Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom. 2nd ed. New York: Teachers College Press, 1994.

Daniels, Harvey. Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in the Student-Centered Classroom. York, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 1994.

Golub, Jeffrey. Activities for an Interactive Classroom. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 1994.

Golub, Jeffrey. Making Learning Happen: Strategies for an Interactive Classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2000.

Graves, Michael., and Bonnie Graves.Scaffolding Reading Experiences: Designs for Student Success. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon Publishers, Inc., 1994.

Hoyt, Linda. Revisit, Reflect, Retell: Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1999.

Hyerle, David. Visual Tools for Constructing Knowledge. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1996.

Jensen, Eric. Teaching with the Brain in Mind. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1998

Keene, Ellin., and Susan Zimmermann. Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader’s Workshop. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1997.

Kozrev, Joann. Talk It Up: Oral Communication for the Real World. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998.

Lenski, Susan., Mary Ann Wham, and Jerry Johns. Reading & Learning Strategies for Middle & High School Students. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 1999.

Opitz, Michael., and Timothy Rasinski. Good-bye Round Robin: 25 Effective Oral Reading Strategies. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1998.

Ogle, D., Klemp, R. & McBride, B. Building Literacy in Social Studies. Alexandria VA: ASCD, 2007.

Readence, John., David Moore, and Robert Rickelman. Prereading Activities for Content Area Reading and Learning. 3rd ed. Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 2000.

Richardson, Judy., and Raymond Morgan. Reading to Learn in the Content Areas. 4th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thompson Learning, 2000.

Schulz, Armin. Supporting Intermediate & Secondary Readers: Selected Interactive Approaches for Grades 4-12. Costa Mesa, CA: California Reading Association, 1998.

Schurr, Sandra., Julia Thomason, and Max Thompson, Teaching at the Middle Level: A Professional’s Handbook. Ed. John Lounsbury. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1996.

Sprenger, Marilee. Learning & Memory: The Brain in Action. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1999

Weiner, Harvey., and Charles Bazerman. Basic Reading Skills Handbook. 4th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1997.