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Steph George

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Bookmarks That Build Reading Skills

To practice reading skills either as a student or a teacher, you can download the skills and strategies bookmarks that accompany A Novel Approach. Each set is available for free download and filled with steps that readers can take with them in whatever text they're currently reading.  (continue reading)
Steph George Feb 1, 2019 10:47:12 AM

On the Podcast: A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences with Jennifer Serravallo

Today on the Heinemann podcast Jennifer Serravallo introduces A Teacher’s Guide to Reading Conferences, which is part of Heinemann’s Classroom Essentials series. Jen says that while conferring with readers might seem intimidating or out of reach, it is attainable -and necessary- in every classroom.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 31, 2019 4:00:00 AM

How Listening Can Help

The ability to listen will not make teaching easier. It will not take the painful parts away, but listening can give us our children back. If we listen to what children and communities are saying, and we respond accordingly, we can be ourselves again. We can be people.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 28, 2019 10:26:56 AM

On the Podcast: Lucy Calkins Reflects on Her Path to Leadership

Lucy Calkins's leadership is rooted in her practice of reading and writing workshop instruction, but where did that instruction begin and how was she called to literacy work to become the leader we know today? How has Lucy Calkins nurtured her own culture of continuous study?  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 25, 2019 4:00:00 AM

What Does It Mean to Do Well?

Doing well can mean many different things to a child (and a teacher). It can entail winning, improving, executing a plan, finishing a task, or fulfilling a personal goal. It’s only in recent years that psychologists have begun to tease apart the big glob we casually think of as motivation.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 23, 2019 12:09:57 PM

Making Conferring Manageable

When you confer, you tailor your instruction to each student’s strengths and needs. But you do so much more than that. Conferring is where the magic happens. It’s the heartbeat of the literacy block.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 22, 2019 4:26:52 PM

The Steps of A Math Conference

Conferring is built on learning what students are doing and how they are thinking. In the first stage of a math conference, the teachers looks, listens, and asks with the goal of building an interpretation of student thinking.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 18, 2019 7:57:00 AM

On the Podcast: Exploring Identity Work with Heinemann Fellow Minjung Pai

This week on the Heinemann Podcast we’re learning about the importance of personal identity work in education. To understand this work better, and its impact on teachers, we’re handing this week’s podcast over to Heinemann Fellow, Minjung Pai.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 17, 2019 4:00:00 AM

Now Available: Index Resources for the Reading and Writing Strategy Books

The Reading Strategies Book and the Writing Strategies Book now come with free online indexes to help you quickly locate strategies to use in your classroom!  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 15, 2019 1:07:13 PM

Making Writing Assignments Accessible to Our Students

The overall design of an academic assignment, from the layout to the words used, is critical to not only how well a student preforms, but how they continue to learn throughout their academic journey. By taking a user approach, Jim Burke suggests that we can design better work for our students.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 11, 2019 9:49:41 AM

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