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09/22/22

How Mentor Texts Help Your Students Become Better Writers, and You Become a Better Writing Teacher

Students learn about writing, even when they’re not in a writing workshop—by finding and studying their own mentor texts.  (continue reading)
09/20/22

Dreaming Big Means Thinking Small: How to Effect Change in Our Schools

Creating change in our education system and our greater society is a longterm game and we need teachers fired up, ready to go, and whole.  (continue reading)
09/01/22

Why Literacy Studio?

Imagine a literacy block that is flexible enough to allow you to be directly responsive to your kids’ needs.  (continue reading)
08/12/22

What Changes Kids' Minds About Poetry?

Provide time to find poems, time to read them, time to hear them, and time to reflect on the poem through talking, writing, and drawing.   (continue reading)
08/05/22

A School to Call Home: Be Intentional and Choose Wisely (Especially New Teachers!)

If we want to truly make a change in education, we need a school to call home. A story from The First Five by Patrick Harris.  (continue reading)
04/19/22

What Is a Minilesson and Why Is It Mini?

The goal is to teach students one thing in a very short amount of time. Why? A blog from the authors of A Teacher's Guide to Writing Workshop Minilessons, Lisa Eickholdt and Patricia Vitale-Reilly.  (continue reading)
04/05/22

Why a Broad View of Reading Growth is Exactly What Teachers and Students Need Right Now

What constitutes reading growth needs to include aspects of reading such as engagement, motivation and self-efficacy. Because it all counts.  (continue reading)
02/01/22

Why Independent Reading is Exactly What Students Need Right Now

As you make plans for future instruction, build in time for independent reading first. Learn why from the authors of Trusting Readers.  (continue reading)
11/17/21

3 Strategies for Creating a Student-Centered Culture

Once we understand the ways in which a school’s culture impacts our students, we can make shifts to make the school environment more trusting, collaborative, and welcoming.  (continue reading)
11/09/21

It Starts with Us: Tips to Reignite Your Energy and Joy

There are also a few things we can do as teachers of writing to reignite our own energy and joy. So here are a few tips to keep in mind as you journey on your way.  (continue reading)

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