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Assessment, Assessment, Assessment! Tips on Managing, Teaching, and Discussing Student Progress, K-5

Consider how well you know your students by this time of year. By now you know about their interests, hobbies, favorite sports, and so much more. The best literacy assessments help you to get to know another side to your students--as readers and writers.  (continue reading)
Elizabeth Moore Feb 11, 2019 10:48:10 AM

Supporting Students in Getting Ready for Exams, Grades 3-5

What if preparing for tests could look, sound, and feel like your favorite units of study for reading and writing? What if they could have the confidence and the tricks-of-the-trade to make it possible for them to do their best work on every test they take?  (continue reading)
Elizabeth Moore Feb 5, 2019 7:24:00 AM

Writing as Activism: Helping Kids Find their Voice and Place in the World, K-8

Writing workshop is not a time where where students prepare to someday write a letter to the editor, or prepare a speech for their local school board. They are doing it right now, every day, in ways that shape their schools and communities in important ways.  (continue reading)
Elizabeth Moore Jan 29, 2019 9:43:27 AM

On the Podcast: Lucy Calkins Reflects on Her Path to Leadership

Lucy Calkins's leadership is rooted in her practice of reading and writing workshop instruction, but where did that instruction begin and how was she called to literacy work to become the leader we know today? How has Lucy Calkins nurtured her own culture of continuous study?  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 25, 2019 4:00:00 AM

Building More Powerful Book Clubs

Book clubs provide an authentic purpose for reading closely, note-taking, and writing about reading--to prepare for great conversation. When book clubs meet, the conversations are usually open-ended and completely student-directed.  (continue reading)
Elizabeth Moore Jan 22, 2019 10:57:31 AM

Powering Up Partnerships in Reading & Writing Workshop, K-5

In reading and writing workshop, strategic partnerships can help us provide an audience, built-in feedback provider, and peer-reviewer for every student. While we can’t clone ourselves and have a teacher next to every student, we can set up partnerships that support, motivate, and inspire.  (continue reading)
Elizabeth Moore Jan 15, 2019 9:23:05 AM

On the Podcast: Leading Well with Lucy Calkins

This week on the Heinemann podcast, a conversation with author Lucy Calkins on leadership. In Leading Well: Building Schoolwide Excellence in Reading and Writing, Lucy Calkins draws on the transformative work that she and her colleagues at the TCRWP have done.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 3, 2019 10:40:09 AM

Igniting the Energy and Passion Back into Our Reading and Writing Workshops, 3-8

At this time of year, it’s natural to experience a flagging of energy - both yours and your students’. Attention is divided between school and all of the holiday goings on, and there’s a sense that everyone could really use the December break.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Dec 18, 2018 10:02:34 AM

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

Take a Look Inside Leading Well, Lucy Calkins’ New Book for School Leaders

Read an excerpt from Chapter 7 of Lucy Calkins' new book for school leaders. In this chapter, you’ll find: ways to make time for teachers to plan together, tips to ensure collaborative groups go well, ways to anticipate and dissipate resistance, and more.  (continue reading)
Ashley Puffer Dec 7, 2018 1:33:44 PM

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