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Anna Cockerille

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Gifts Colleagues Can Give Each Other: Energy, Care and Craft, K-8

when a teaching community comes together in a shared study of a topic, they become a community of learners. They become more open to not having all of the answers, and to letting go of old ways of thinking.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Oct 16, 2018 9:25:42 AM

Balancing Volume & Writing About Reading, 3-8

Most reading workshop experts suggest that students spend no more than 10% of their reading time writing about reading. During the other 90% of reading time, students should be reading, engrossed in books they can read with a high level of accuracy in order to achieve the kind of reading volume that leads to maximum growth.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Oct 9, 2018 10:30:10 AM

Supporting Reluctant Writers, Grades K-5

Writing can be terrifying: a blank page holds the potential of failure. Writing can be difficult: a pen can presents challenge with letter formation and grip. Writing can be intrusive, especially when the expected topic is one’s life.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Oct 2, 2018 11:43:28 AM

The Life Cycle of a Post It: Management, Functionality, and Benefits of Capturing our Ideas on Post Its

At this week’s TCRWP Twitter chat, Lizzie Petkanics and Kristi Guinness will lead a discussion on the management, functionality and benefits of helping your readers to build a richer sticky note practice.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Sep 25, 2018 12:38:54 PM

Vocabulary, Word Study, and Its Place In and Out of Workshop

At this week’s TCRWP Twitter chat, staff developers Mike Ochs and Celena Larkey will lead a discussion on the place of vocabulary and word study in and out of workshop. This duo is sure to bring a wide range of expertise to the chat.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Sep 18, 2018 6:44:00 AM

Transferring Strong Workshop Practices, Skills, and Tools to Get Your Year Off to a Strong Start!

It may seem a paradox that consistency breeds creativity. It seems that creativity would stem from the new, the original, the constantly changing. But often, underpinning creative endeavors is predictability and order.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Sep 11, 2018 1:25:08 PM

Fostering Student Independence from Day One

Workshop has a predicable routine, and predictable tools, and predicable expectations, students are freed up from having to guess what is expected of them day after day. They are not stymied by waiting for instructions. Instead, they know how workshop will go, and they know what is expected of them  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Sep 5, 2018 1:51:19 PM

2018 TCRWP August Twitter Festival: Phonics!

Monday, August 27 through Thursday, August 30 the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project will host their annual August Twitter festival, holding multiple chats each night. This year’s topic: Phonics!  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Aug 24, 2018 12:31:02 PM

Getting Ready for the New K Unit: Show and Tell: From Labels to Pattern Books

Show and Tell is designed to come directly after kindergarten unit one, Launching the Writing Workshop. It extends the work started in unit one, and supports young writers in taking risks with invented spelling.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Aug 21, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Taking What We Learned in Reading and Writing This Year to Reflect and Plan for Next Year

The final moments of summer break are upon us, and even for some, these moments are over and another school year is underway. The cusp of a new year can be an invaluable time to pause and consciously call up data and observations from last year as you plan for the year to come  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Aug 14, 2018 3:43:13 PM

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