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Demystifying Small Groups in Reading: Supporting Students in Action K-8

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Written by  Anna Gratz Cockerille

“I think that many teachers have been subjected to intensive efforts to remake their small-group instruction so that it is 'just so.' There have been so many books written on how to lead small groups in precisely the right ways that too many teachers approach a little hub of readers, gripped by anxiety over doing this The Right Way. Meanwhile, the whole point is to be personal, be responsive, and to channel kids to do some work while you observe and coach.” 

– Lucy Calkins, in A Guide to the Reading Workshop

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Students Collaborating in Writing Workshop: Writing Partnerships K-3

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Students Collaborating in Writing Workshop: Writing Partnerships K-3

Written by Anna Gratz Cockerille 

As Lucy Calkins writes in A Guide to the Common Core Writing Workshop, “It’s a great thing in life to find someone who can help you with your writing (p. 48).” Lucy believes this for students, for her colleagues, and certainly, for herself. One only has to read the acknowledgements section in any of Lucy and colleagues' Units of Study books to get a sense of the influence and power of writing partners.  

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Supporting Convention Work in the Units of Study: Punctuation and Spelling

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Written by Anna Gratz Cockerille

One of the bottom-line essentials of writing instruction, detailed in Chapter 3 of A Guide to the Common Core Writing Workshop, part of the Units of Study for Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing by Lucy Calkins and colleagues, is this: 

"Children deserve to be taught explicitly how to write. Instruction matters—and this includes instruction in spelling and conventions as well as in the qualities and strategies of good writing." Further, Lucy explains, “Writing improves in a palpable, dramatic fashion when students are given explicit instruction, lots of time to write, clear goals, and powerful feedback (p.21).”

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Lessons We Learned from the TC Classroom Library Project: Get the Right Books into the Hands of Kids

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Written by Anna Gratz Cockerille

Provisioning a classroom library optimally for a group of students is work that is never completely finished. A great classroom library is dynamic. It must constantly evolve to keep up with students’ needs, interests, and progress as readers. 

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Powerful Small Group Work in Reading Units of Study

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Written by Anna Gratz Cockerille

The heart and soul of reading workshop is independent reading time. This is the time in which students head off with books they can read well to practice skills they’ve learned. It is also the time in which what is often the best instruction takes place: the targeted, differentiated instruction that occurs during conferences and small group work.       Continue reading

A Heart Maps Twitter Chat with Georgia Heard

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On Thursday evening (Oct.20), Georgia Heard joined Dr. Mary Howard, author of Good to Great: Focusing on the Literacy Work That Matters, to discuss Heard's new book Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic WritingFor decades Georgia Heard has guided students into more authentic writing experiences by using heart maps to explore what we all hold inside: feelings, passions, vulnerabilities, and wonderings. 

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