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The Principles Behind the Units of Study in Phonics (Part 3)

This excerpt from A Guide to the Phonics Units of Study focuses on the importance of high engagement and supporting all members of a learning community.  (continue reading)

The Guiding Principles Behind the Units of Study in Phonics (Part 2)

This week we discuss two of the guiding principles of the Units of Study in Phonics: 1) a lean, efficient curriculum, and 2) going beyond item knowledge.  (continue reading)

The Guiding Principles Behind the Units of Study in Phonics (Part 1)

The following excerpt from the Guide describes 2 of the principles behind the phonics units: teaching for transfer and building on the research of experts.  (continue reading)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Ramp up Your Writing Workshop with Lucy Calkins' Up the Ladder Units

Lucy Calkins and her TCRWP coauthors recently sat down and answered some frequently asked questions about this essential series. Read the excerpts below and follow the link to view the full interviews.  (continue reading)

Collaborate with Lucy Calkins at TCRWP Office Hours

Join us on September 6th at 4:00–5:00 pm (EST) for Lucy Calkins/TCRWP Office Hours! Register now for the opportunity to discuss your questions with Lucy and receive practical advice on topics such as how to raise the level of your practice, how to support implementation of the units, and much more.  (continue reading)

2018 TCRWP August Twitter Festival: Phonics!

Monday, August 27 through Thursday, August 30 the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project will host their annual August Twitter festival, holding multiple chats each night. This year’s topic: Phonics!  (continue reading)

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