My name is Kristin (Jordan) Riley! I’m a Literacy Specialist in the WNY-area, and I love everything literacy & technology-related. I am a forever student, and I continue to learn every day. Staying fresh and up to date with new strategies and ideas that I can try with my students is something I am always working on. Although I’m still trying to balance and find time to blog, I hope to share great resources that I find (and create!) to help you in your classroom or home!


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Email: msjordanreads@gmail.com



10 Responses to “About”

  1. Kendra Wagner October 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Hello Kristen,
    I found your Twitter and Blog via someone (!) and would love to connect, since your blog is called “reading writing thinking sharing” and my business name is:
    We have similar career backgrounds.

    • kristinmjordan October 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

      Kendra – Join me PLN! You can connect with me via twitter (@kristinmjordan), LinkedIn, Engage (IRA), or my blog!

  2. Tonya Dye March 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm #


    Thank you so much for your comment on my fb page. I hope you will follow my blog and add my button. My Tpt store is in the beginning stages as of Feb. this year. I have been very pleased with my progress.

  3. V January 15, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    I love your site and resources. I teach Title I Reading and need resources. The Title program is new for our school, and new for me also. I am creating it, teaching it, and loving it. Do you teach Title Reading? Do you have any suggestions and/or resources. It’s a unique situation because I only see my groups for 30 minutes at a time. Thank you for putting in so much thought and time into a website. It’s the best I’ve seen!

    • MsJordanReads January 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

      I teach RTI reading in a Title I school. I work with groups of struggling readers and address their learning needs using specific targets and interventions. My groups are about 30-45 minutes in length and range from 3-5 days a week. I use MANY different resources. I would be happy to suggest a list of professional resources I use for intervention strategies, if you’re interested. I create a lot of my own student materials that can be paired with various texts. Email me if you have specific areas you need suggestions for or if you’re interested in the professional book list.



  4. V January 16, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    Thank you so much for your quick response! I would love a list of your “favorites” for intervention resources. Also, can you list what your 30 minutes looks like? What you do, and for how long, within that 30 minute time frame? Thank you so much for all you’re doing! Wow!

    • MsJordanReads January 20, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

      Two great websites for intervention resources are Intervention Central (http://www.interventioncentral.org/) and FCRR (http://www.fcrr.org/). There are many FREE, easy-to-implement resources on both!

      I really like the book 40 Reading Intervention Strategies for K-6 Students (http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Intervention-Strategies-Students-Research-Based/dp/1934009504). I also use Strategies That Work (Goudvis & Harvey), Revisit, Reflect, Retell (Hoyt), and Guided Comprehension (McLaughlin). Really, there are a TON of great professional books out there!

      My 30-minute structure changes from group to group. If it’s a decoding/fluency group, I start with a Daily Fluency warm-up, I do daily work work exercises and then have students work on targeted skills in leveled books. I do A LOT of modeling and guided practice. Students do a lot of rereading texts. Also, my students take home books-in-a-bag for fluency practice at their independent levels.

      For comprehension groups, I model strategies and do lots of guided practice in leveled texts. The strategies I focus on depend on their needs. Some students need higher-level thinking skill strategies, and others need help with basic explicit questioning and retelling. Some we focus more on writing to show comprehension. Really it depends on the students and the data I collect from assessments. The students and data drive my instruction each week!

      Hope this helps!


  5. avdunlap October 13, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    Hi Kristin,

    I am a graduate student receiving a master’s degree in both secondary ELA and special education. I am currently composing a Tar Heel Reader book about text structures in order have an alternate mode of content representation for students with significant disabilities. I would love to use the visuals from your “Non-Fiction Text Structures Student Reference Sheet.” I will gladly share the text with once it is completed. Would you be open to this?

    Thank you,

    Amos Dunlap

    • MsJordanReads October 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

      I’m ok with you using the visuals, just reference my name and website with the visuals. Thank you go asking, and good luck with the book!


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