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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)

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)

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)

Rethinking Math Homework, a Twitter Chat with Sue O'Connell

Math in Practice lead author Sue O'Connell hosted aTwitter chat in order to open up the discussion on math homework. Follow along here.  (continue reading)

Helping Struggling Learners to Show Understanding

For a variety of reasons, expressing understanding is hard for many struggling learners.  (continue reading)

Tom Newkirk on The Emotional Complexities of Teaching

Here, Newkirk discusses how he creates space with his students by giving them time to discuss and solve problems more slowly.  (continue reading)

Helping Students Bring Beliefs into Writing

When we write, we nudge change. How can we be helping students bring beliefs into writing? Here are some resources to get you started.  (continue reading)

Heinemann Fellow Kate Flowers on Battling the Blahs

I know why so many teachers leave the profession in their first five years. The Blahs. For me, the Blahs come in October.  (continue reading)

How to Plan for Book Clubs in Middle School

How to Plan for Book Clubs in Middle School  (continue reading)

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