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PLC Series: Savoring the Struggle

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Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series! This month we discuss cultivating literacy-rich classrooms.

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“When we let children see us struggle as we read difficult texts and when we show them the satisfaction that comes from working through that struggle, we teach them that it’s an integral part of learning, not just in reading but all disciplines. Children can then see a path from uncertainty to success and meaning.”

-Ellin Keene in her Heinemann Digital Library article “Getting Kids to Savor the Struggle”

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As adults, we know that reading and writing do not happen by magic. However, kids might not be necessarily aware that this is the case!  We need children to see us struggle, not just to learn that this is a part of the work, but that the struggle itself is a joyful part of the process. By observing models of what it looks like and sounds like to struggle and then be successful, our students can begin to “savor the struggle” in their own reading and writing lives.  

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