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On the Podcast: Modeling Conferences as Conversations with Katie Wood Ray, Jennifer Serravallo, and Carl Anderson

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, author and editor Katie Wood Ray interviews Carl Anderson and Jenifer Serravallo, who both recently published two conferring books in Heinemann’s Classroom Essentials Series.  (continue reading)
Steph George Feb 28, 2019 2:41:47 PM

Ensuring That Your Lessons Speak to What Students Say They Need

We want to build a bridge for children—a bridge between what we are doing in class and the lives that they lead outside of class. We want to be able to show kids how each skill we teach in class makes life right now better outside of class.  (continue reading)
Steph George Feb 27, 2019 7:57:00 AM

PLC Series: Planning for Community, Not Compliance

Welcome back to the PLC Series for the 2018-19 school year! Each month, we'll share a post designed to provoke thinking and discussion through a simple framework, incorporating mini-collections of linked content...  (continue reading)
Jaclyn Karabinas Feb 26, 2019 11:08:59 AM

The Power of Talk in a Writing Workshop, K-5

Student conversations about writing, whether with a peer or a supportive adult, can provide powerful support on multiple levels. Opportunities to talk during writing workshop might take the form of rehearsal for writing, problem solving, reflection, feedback, or goal setting.  (continue reading)
Elizabeth Moore Feb 26, 2019 7:26:00 AM

Understanding What Readers Know and Need

An Assessment Conference offers you a little time to study a reader along a number of different dimensions, considering a variety of possible goals.  (continue reading)
Steph George Feb 25, 2019 12:13:36 PM

Teaching Writers to Reflect: A Foreword from Katie Wood Ray

Some children, no doubt, are just naturally reflective. I don’t doubt that much of Lucas’ thoughtfulness about his work was just part of who he is. But all children— and adults for that matter—can be taught to be more reflective.  (continue reading)
Steph George Feb 20, 2019 12:07:08 PM

Teacher Vulnerability and Student Engagement: Striving for Authenticity in Middle School

Whether teacher vulnerability leads to an increase in student engagement is yet to be determined. However, an initial survey responses suggest students crave and appreciate authenticity.  (continue reading)
Steph George Feb 20, 2019 11:01:11 AM

Leading a Small Group Should be No Big Deal, K-5

Not only can teachers be flexible with what is taught to a small group of students, but also how it is taught can be differentiated according to how much teacher scaffolding, or how much student independence is appropriate for the students in that group.  (continue reading)
Elizabeth Moore Feb 19, 2019 11:45:50 AM

Explore the Online Resources for A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences!

In the online resources for A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences, you will find a variety of note-taking forms and other documents that will help you get started implementing—or refining—reading conferences right away in your classroom.  (continue reading)
Steph George Feb 15, 2019 11:12:13 AM

On The Podcast: Cornelius Minor and Being Semi-Brave

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, we’re continuing our series of conversations with author Cornelius Minor. In We Got This, Cornelius says it’s not necessary to be brave every second of every day, but rather in the moments when we are called upon to raise our voice and advocate for the right thing.  (continue reading)
Steph George Feb 14, 2019 4:00:00 AM

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