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05/05/23

How to Become A Better Writing Teacher

Student engagement is crucial for students to learn to write well. When students are engaged, they’re more likely to learn.  (continue reading)
04/12/23

A Video Tour of Interactive Writing

Interactive writing is a time for writing to come alive as children share their thinking. Watch Matt Halpern talk about the key concepts and skills of interactive writing in a fun and informative video.  (continue reading)
03/08/23

Sharing the Pen: How Interactive Writing Builds Confidence in Our Youngest Writers

Interactive writing is a powerful tool to scaffold children’s literacy skills toward independence. Learn more in this new blog from new Heienmann author, Matt Halpern.  (continue reading)
03/07/23

Reflections on Learning: Literacy Instruction

In what ways can an understanding of the relationship between reading and writing make planning more efficient?  (continue reading)
02/28/23

Reflections on Learning: Writing Instruction, K-8

Highly effective writing teachers teach with mentor texts. In direct instruction lessons, teachers explain the techniques to students.  (continue reading)
02/21/23

Reflections on Learning: Writing Instruction, 5-8

State standards are a guide to all that we ask kids to do as writers and readers. They are not meant to be out of context as a stand-alone lesson.  (continue reading)
01/30/23

Top 3 DON’Ts: Teaching Kids to Write Graphic Novels

A list of the top three things to avoid when teaching kids how to write graphic novels from Eric Hand, coauthor of the new Writing Unit of Study.  (continue reading)
01/27/23

The Literacy Studio: Workshop Reimagined

Enter the Literacy Studio, a new approach to the workshop model that allows for integrated reading and writing instruction without demanding more time or extra planning.  (continue reading)
01/06/23

The Cognitive Benefits of Writing Graphic Novels

The craft decisions involved in creating an actual graphic novel are numerous, varied, and complex—but they can be explicitly taught and learned, practiced and perfected.  (continue reading)
10/29/21

What is a Writer’s Mindset? by Chris Hall

Learn more about writing stances and craft moves that not only cultivate positive behaviors about writing but encourage a willingness—and even enthusiasm—to revise.  (continue reading)

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