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Choosing Tools for Making Thinking Visible

Sketchnoting fosters metacognition. It's a vehicle to help us think about our thinking. The pens, paper, and apps we use aren't the end all, be all; they change with us over time as our thinking grows and changes. The stuff of sketchnoting contributes to the process. The media helps move the message.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 7, 2019 7:40:00 AM

Questioning Your Classroom Culture

If we want to ensure that kids benefit from the way that we choose to do school, we must realize that culture is not naturally occurring. Culture is visible and large and if we are not careful, our classroom and school culture can work to silence, exclude, and oppress children.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 4, 2019 7:44:00 AM

Learning to Confer in Mathematics

How does a conference work? What do teachers think about? What do they say? A conference is not simply a venue for students to report on their thinking. A conference is a shared opportunity for teachers and students to learn together in the moment.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 2, 2019 7:15:00 AM

Marilyn Pryle Named Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year!

We are happy to share that on Monday, December 10, Heinemann author Marilyn Pryle was named Pennsylvania's Teacher of the Year in recognition of her innovative teaching and dedication to her students.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 14, 2018 11:19:00 AM

The Power of Reading Responses

When students write Reading Responses about a text, they have something to say in class. It may be a minor point, or it may be a major point, but it is a concrete thought and it is tied to a specific part of the text.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 7, 2018 6:59:00 AM

Assignments as a Window on Our Work

In The Six Academic Writing Assignments, author Jim Burke aims to help better understand that nature of the academic writing assignments we give our students through the examination of these six different types of assignments we already give in one form or another.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 4, 2018 6:58:00 AM

Conferring to Receive and Give Feedback

Feedback is key to student learning. Since writing conferences are conversations between students and teachers, they provide opportunities for two types of feedback: student to teacher, and teacher to student.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 3, 2018 6:40:00 AM

Planning for Meaningful Work Time

We call it 'workshop' for a reason; the learning time is about the work children do. Children need to make connections from one day's learning to the next; it's the story of their meaningful work and the how, what, and why of their learning.  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 30, 2018 7:14:00 AM

Learning to Value Students' Writing at Every Stage

Learning never occurs in a straight line. Lisa Cleaveland and Katie Wood Ray, co-authors of Getting Started with Beginning Writers, know that this is especially true when it comes to learning to write.  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 27, 2018 7:06:00 AM

The Benefits of Sketchnoting

Sketchnoting can add some fun and variety to the otherwise routine practice of note taking, but let's delve deeper into the why and not just be enamored with the how.  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 26, 2018 7:10:00 AM

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