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Amy Ludwig VanDerwater on The Many Uses of Poetry

In her new book, VanDerwater argues that poems should be the backbone of writing instruction, instead of being swept under the carpet as an afterthought.  (continue reading)

Heinemann Fellow Ian Fleischer on Giving Visual Math Tools a Chance to Empower Students

But what really mattered was watching how these math visuals worked in my own classroom with my own students. So, don’t take my word for it . . .  (continue reading)

Sneed B. Collard on The Beauty of Pairing Down

Let’s talk about Texas Chainsaw Massacre-style cuts – hacking off large sections of your manuscript to make it better. How do you know where to begin?  (continue reading)

Get Your Students to Write Well About Information and Topics They Care About in the World, 1-3

Information writing is one of those topics that can seem, on the outset, rather dull. It doesn't have to be that way. Here's how.  (continue reading)

Does Your Writing Assessment Help Writers or Pac-Mans?

Students write for the same reason that Pac-Man munches: to accumulate points. Writers are people, not Pac-Mans.  (continue reading)

PLC Series Fall 2017 Round-Up!

PLC Series Fall 2017 Round-Up!  (continue reading)

Multi-Day Institute: Teaching With Student Directed Inquiry

Multi-Day Institute: Teaching With Student Directed Inquiry  (continue reading)

Heinemann Fellow Katie Charner-Laird on Questions of Leadership

I often wondered whether I was being an instructional leader. That is what I was aiming for, but how was I to know if I had gotten there?  (continue reading)

Looking Ahead to the ELA Exams: What We Have Already Mastered & Developing Next Steps, 3-8

There are two key considerations when planning a curriculum that supports success with ELA exams: time and level of text complexity.  (continue reading)

Incorporating Field Research into Writing Instruction

Research is important throughout the entire writing process, and it can be fun, too. Give it a try in your own writing instruction. Here's how.  (continue reading)

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