Tag Archives: Matt Glover

PLC Series: April Round-Up

Welcome the PLC Series April Round Up! This month, we reflected upon building lifelong literacy habits for all, from honoring the work of our smallest readers to our reflecting on our own practices as adults. 

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PLC Series: Building a Reading Identity

Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series. This month we discuss building lifelong literacy habits for all, from honoring the work of our smallest readers to our reflecting on our own practices as adults. 

Why is it that, when asked to read, some young children will do so right away and others announce that they cannot read? 

Children are doing important, strategic work long before decoding. By noticing, naming and honoring this, we can encourage our littlest readers to engage in different ways with books, helping them to build positive reading identities before they even decode print. 

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The Big 5: Vicki Vinton on the Books That Pushed and Influenced Her Teaching Practice


Every so often we like to ask our authors about the books that most affected their teaching, the books that served as turning points in their practice or opened their eyes to a new way of approaching their work, thinking about education, or seeing children. In this installment, we bring you the professional book top five of Vicki Vinton, a literacy consultant and writer who has worked in schools and districts across the country and around the world.  She is the coauthor of What Readers Really Do: Teaching the Process of Meaning Making and The Power of Grammar: Unconventional Approaches to the Conventions of Language, and most recently is the author of Dynamic Teaching for Deeper Reading: Shifting to a Problem-Based Approach. You can also find Vicki online, at the popular literacy blog To Make a Prairie

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PLC Series: January Round-Up

This month we focused on the craft of teaching writers—not the writing. Revisit your favorites or find one you missed in the below collection  of posts, content and other related links that supported our thinking this month.

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PLC Series: Entry Points for Writers

Welcome to a new year of content and conversation in Heinemann's PLC Series. This month we focus on the craft of teaching writers—not the writing.

It is our joyful responsibility as teachers to nurture the writers in our classrooms and to help them build writing identities as young as possible. In his book Engaging Young Writers (Heinemann, 2009), Matt Glover describes the process of giving or following directions to someone’s house as a metaphor for the need for multiple entry points into writing.  He notes that people will be most successful, providing clear directions or arriving easily at their destination, when allowed to use their preferred method such as by landmarks, directional words, or a map. 

In order for us to engage our youngest (or most reluctant) writers in a way that maximizes their energy for writing, we need to provide multiple entry points so they can find a method that feel comfortable to them. Click the image below to view and download a PDF listing the entry points Matt describes throughout his book Engaging Young Writers, one of many full titles available in the Heinemann Digital Library. 



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image001Matt Glover (@MattGlover123) is a well-known educator, author and presenter. With over 20 years’ experience as a teacher and a principal, Matt travels across the country, speaking about how to best nurture writers and support the intellectual growth and development of your students. Matt has authored several books on the topic, including Engaging Young Writers, and has co-authored Already Ready: Nurturing Writers in Preschool and Kindergarten with Katie Wood Ray, and Projecting Possibilities for Writers: The How, What and Why of Designing Units of Study with Mary Alice Berry.


PLC Series: Introducing the Heinemann PD Summer Book Study


Two years of planning. 68 educators. One pilgrimage.

In October 2012, Matt Glover, Renee Dinnerstein, Kathy Collins and a diverse group of educators, ranging from administrators to preservice graduate students, set off to the town of Reggio Emilia in northern Italy. There, they immersed themselves in a journey toward understanding the Reggio Emilia School’s social constructivist philosophy of child-centered teaching, and brought home inspired reflections holding more than just new ideas for teaching, learning, and literacy.

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