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How Independent are Our Students: Mid Year Check-In, K-8

To assess for independence, probably the most important assessment is observational: what do you notice when you sit back and simply watch. You might come up with a checklist to guide your observations, something that would work across subjects areas.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Dec 11, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Empowering Students to Lead with Ownership and Independence Across Our Workshops, K-8

At this point in the year, it’s important to take stock of how your students are progressing toward independence and whether it would be helpful to shine a light on this all-important focus.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Dec 4, 2018 10:02:15 AM

Developing Lifelong Writers: Ways to Support Independence During Writing Workshop, K-5

Supporting independence and helping students to become true, life-long writers also takes a certain kind of flexibility and willingness on teachers' parts to let go of the reins.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Nov 27, 2018 1:21:29 PM

What We Have Learned (so far) from Teaching the Phonics Units of Study

The TCRWP phonics team has been observing and collecting data as teachers have gotten the phonics units off and going. This feedback will inform the ongoing phonics work, including the development of the second grade series.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Nov 13, 2018 7:13:00 AM

Empowering Students in Reading & Writing Workshop

Empowerment comes from having a clear vision of the work that needs to be done, and from having a sense of autonomy in one’s process. It is from this thoughtful balance between shared goal and a menu of options that smart decisions can come.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Nov 6, 2018 8:52:48 PM

Ways to Help Anyone Read, K-8

Reading is a process that is internal, and where the problems lie can seem difficult to pinpoint. Happily, though, for many young readers, once they get focused help working through stuck points, their progress seems to skyrocket.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Oct 23, 2018 9:54:44 AM

Gifts Colleagues Can Give Each Other: Energy, Care and Craft, K-8

when a teaching community comes together in a shared study of a topic, they become a community of learners. They become more open to not having all of the answers, and to letting go of old ways of thinking.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Oct 16, 2018 9:25:42 AM

Balancing Volume & Writing About Reading, 3-8

Most reading workshop experts suggest that students spend no more than 10% of their reading time writing about reading. During the other 90% of reading time, students should be reading, engrossed in books they can read with a high level of accuracy in order to achieve the kind of reading volume that leads to maximum growth.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Oct 9, 2018 10:30:10 AM

Supporting Reluctant Writers, Grades K-5

Writing can be terrifying: a blank page holds the potential of failure. Writing can be difficult: a pen can presents challenge with letter formation and grip. Writing can be intrusive, especially when the expected topic is one’s life.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Oct 2, 2018 11:43:28 AM

The Life Cycle of a Post It: Management, Functionality, and Benefits of Capturing our Ideas on Post Its

At this week’s TCRWP Twitter chat, Lizzie Petkanics and Kristi Guinness will lead a discussion on the management, functionality and benefits of helping your readers to build a richer sticky note practice.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Sep 25, 2018 12:38:54 PM

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