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Anna Cockerille

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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

Reflecting on the August TC Reading Institute (K-8)

This week, thousands of educators are gathering with The Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College at Columbia University to learn, to think, and to share on the topic of the Teaching of Reading.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Aug 7, 2018 8:05:00 AM

Reflecting on the August Teachers College Writing Institute

This week is the August Writing Institute at The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. There, Thousands of educators from all over the country and world are learning, thinking and writing together.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Jul 31, 2018 9:10:42 AM

Getting Kids' Writing from Meh to Amehzing: Using Exemplars, Models & Demos with Power (K-8)

As the saying goes, “Well done is better than well said.” Nowhere is modeling more important than in the teaching of writing.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Jul 24, 2018 1:46:18 PM

Mini to Extreme Makeovers: Classroom Library Edition (K-8)

If your classroom library is still a work in progress, don’t worry - with some planning, organization, and creativity, you can turn your classroom library into a truly inspiring place.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Jul 17, 2018 11:13:23 AM

Ways to Orient and Immerse Yourself with Upper and Middle Grade Must-Reads (5-8)

A classroom library is the at the heart of reading instruction. The kinds of texts students encounter in their library will help shape the kinds of readers they become.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Jul 10, 2018 10:12:28 AM

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