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What We Have Learned (so far) from Teaching the Phonics Units of Study

The TCRWP phonics team has been observing and collecting data as teachers have gotten the phonics units off and going. This feedback will inform the ongoing phonics work, including the development of the second grade series.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Nov 13, 2018 7:13:00 AM

Empowering Students in Reading & Writing Workshop

Empowerment comes from having a clear vision of the work that needs to be done, and from having a sense of autonomy in one’s process. It is from this thoughtful balance between shared goal and a menu of options that smart decisions can come.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Nov 6, 2018 8:52:48 PM

Ways to Help Anyone Read, K-8

Reading is a process that is internal, and where the problems lie can seem difficult to pinpoint. Happily, though, for many young readers, once they get focused help working through stuck points, their progress seems to skyrocket.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Oct 23, 2018 9:54:44 AM

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)
Anna Cockerille Oct 16, 2018 9:25:42 AM

Balancing Volume & Writing About Reading, 3-8

Most reading workshop experts suggest that students spend no more than 10% of their reading time writing about reading. During the other 90% of reading time, students should be reading, engrossed in books they can read with a high level of accuracy in order to achieve the kind of reading volume that leads to maximum growth.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Oct 9, 2018 10:30:10 AM

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)
Ashley Puffer Oct 5, 2018 12:07:00 PM

Supporting Reluctant Writers, Grades K-5

Writing can be terrifying: a blank page holds the potential of failure. Writing can be difficult: a pen can presents challenge with letter formation and grip. Writing can be intrusive, especially when the expected topic is one’s life.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Oct 2, 2018 11:43:28 AM

The Life Cycle of a Post It: Management, Functionality, and Benefits of Capturing our Ideas on Post Its

At this week’s TCRWP Twitter chat, Lizzie Petkanics and Kristi Guinness will lead a discussion on the management, functionality and benefits of helping your readers to build a richer sticky note practice.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Sep 25, 2018 12:38:54 PM

Vocabulary, Word Study, and Its Place In and Out of Workshop

At this week’s TCRWP Twitter chat, staff developers Mike Ochs and Celena Larkey will lead a discussion on the place of vocabulary and word study in and out of workshop. This duo is sure to bring a wide range of expertise to the chat.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Sep 18, 2018 6:44:00 AM

Transferring Strong Workshop Practices, Skills, and Tools to Get Your Year Off to a Strong Start!

It may seem a paradox that consistency breeds creativity. It seems that creativity would stem from the new, the original, the constantly changing. But often, underpinning creative endeavors is predictability and order.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Sep 11, 2018 1:25:08 PM

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