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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

Teaching with Quickwrites

Following are some practices developed around quickwrites to help students read and write successfully.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jul 9, 2018 11:23:13 AM

Summer Writing Camp Week Two Wrap-Up

Week two of Jennifer Serravallo's online Summer Writing Camp for teachers is officially wrapped up! This week, participants focused on strategies for writing poetry. Find a debrief of each day below, along with links to videos of Jen explaining the strategy of the day.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jul 6, 2018 11:04:27 AM

The Four Pillars of Engagement

If educators don't have a language to define and describe engagement—a point on the horizon toward which we're working—and if we don't incorporate talk of engagement into our discourse with students, how can we help children become truly engaged?  (continue reading)
Steph George Jul 5, 2018 7:57:00 AM

New Units of Study in Phonics from Lucy Calkins and TCRWP

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, Lucy Calkins, author and series editor of the Units of Study for Reading and Writing, shares in her own words the latest, groundbreaking work to come out of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project: the new Units of Study in Phonics for grades K–2.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jul 3, 2018 4:00:00 AM

Creating Space That Builds Community

Setting up our classroom furniture might seem haphazard at first, but each decision we make has a significant impact on how our community functions, and thrives.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jul 2, 2018 9:30:31 AM

Summer Writing Camp Week One Wrap-Up

Today marks the end of the first week of Jennifer Serravallo's online Summer Writing Camp, and what a week it's been! Jen walked 'campers' through five strategies for writing fictional narratives.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jun 29, 2018 12:41:47 PM

The Quickwrite Handbook Podcast

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, a special conversation between Linda Rief and Penny Kittle. Both are at the Boothbay Literacy Institute. Penny talks with Linda about her new “The Quickwrite Handbook: 100 Mentor Texts to Jumpstart Your Students’ Thinking and Writing.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jun 28, 2018 12:03:55 PM

How Does Having a School Library and a Bookroom Maximize Access, Volume and Choice for Students and Teachers?

While school libraries and bookrooms both house books to be shared and even may be located in the same physical space, in many schools they serve a different role for students and teachers.  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Jun 28, 2018 11:57:06 AM

Our Summer Book Study: Being the Change...from Day One

When it came to choose between these two titles for our summer book study, it quickly became clear that we needed both. The intersection of messages and range of ideas for application—not just in our schools but in our lives—will create critical conversations as we mentally and emotionally prepare for the work that awaits us in August.  (continue reading)
HeinemannPD Jun 27, 2018 2:39:01 PM

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