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Making the Most of Our Read Aloud Across the Day: Reading, Writing, and Content Area, K-8

If you read aloud regularly to your students, you know: there is no time in the day quite like read aloud time. A good read aloud can bring a group together like nothing else, can provide a foundation of camaraderie, trust, and respect in a classroom.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Apr 18, 2018 10:27:17 AM

Building a Writer's Toolbox: Laying the Groundwork for Revision

Your first draft is like a dark room and our questions can show you the parts we’re curious to know more about—the places to shine your flashlight. It’s your choice as a writer which questions tug at your pen the most, but choose one or two, and cast your beam in those dark corners.  (continue reading)
Steph George Apr 18, 2018 7:03:00 AM

Patricia Vitale-Reilly on Instilling Strong Study Skills

Patricia Vitale-Reilly's book Supporting Struggling Learners: 50 Instructional Moves for the Classroom Teacher provides practical strategies for empowering students with the right tools to grow and learn. In this video, Patricia talks about providing strong study skills.  (continue reading)
Steph George Apr 17, 2018 2:43:31 PM

Inviting Students to See Themselves in Their Writing and Reading

In what ways are certain topics treated as taboo in our classrooms and why? How often do we avoid talking and writing about race because we fear what others might say? If we avoid controversial issues, how will our students learn how to have civic discussion of such issues?  (continue reading)
Steph George Mar 28, 2018 6:29:00 AM

What Does Analysis Look Like in the Real World?

In this video, Allison & Rebekah explain how they've shied away from the bread and butter literary analysis approach, and instead push their students to write with passion and authority about topics they care about, effectively bringing their whole selves to their writing.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 27, 2018 6:46:00 AM

What Skills Can Poetry Teach Us?

Poetry is something that is happening now, everywhere, and we need to bring it into the classroom. In Poems Are Teachers, Amy introduces the skills and techniques involved in writing a poem and how it connects to writing across all genres.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 16, 2018 6:07:00 AM

What Happens When Students Read Multiple Sources?

This is what we want for our students: the ability to look at multiple sources and triangulate meaning from a variety of perspectives.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 15, 2018 6:02:00 AM

Why Learn With Multiple Sources?

In this video, author Sunday Cummins explains how we want students to ask questions and then actively seek out answers by locating and reading or viewing multiple sources—articles, books, videos, photographs, infographics. Then, we want students to articulate what they've learned.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 7, 2018 9:15:00 AM

Ralph Fletcher on The Importance of Choice in the Writing Classroom

Whatever your teaching constraints may be, choice and joy can find a place your classroom.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Feb 21, 2018 5:43:40 PM

Jennifer Serravallo on the Connections Between Reading and Writing Goals

Here, Jen has created a handy downloadable chart to illustrate the connections between goals in The Reading Strategies Book and The Writing Strategies Book.  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Feb 12, 2018 7:52:12 PM

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