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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)

Supporting Students in Getting Ready for Exams, Grades 3-5

What if preparing for tests could look, sound, and feel like your favorite units of study for reading and writing? What if they could have the confidence and the tricks-of-the-trade to make it possible for them to do their best work on every test they take?  (continue reading)

Writing as Activism: Helping Kids Find their Voice and Place in the World, K-8

Writing workshop is not a time where where students prepare to someday write a letter to the editor, or prepare a speech for their local school board. They are doing it right now, every day, in ways that shape their schools and communities in important ways.  (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)

Igniting the Energy and Passion Back into Our Reading and Writing Workshops, 3-8

At this time of year, it’s natural to experience a flagging of energy - both yours and your students’. Attention is divided between school and all of the holiday goings on, and there’s a sense that everyone could really use the December break.  (continue reading)

How Independent are Our Students: Mid Year Check-In, K-8

To assess for independence, probably the most important assessment is observational: what do you notice when you sit back and simply watch. You might come up with a checklist to guide your observations, something that would work across subjects areas.  (continue reading)

Empowering Students to Lead with Ownership and Independence Across Our Workshops, K-8

At this point in the year, it’s important to take stock of how your students are progressing toward independence and whether it would be helpful to shine a light on this all-important focus.  (continue reading)

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)

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)

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