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11/08/22

Four Steps to Using Mentor Texts to Teach Writing

When you use mentor texts in your teaching, you have at your fingertips concrete examples of craft techniques and conventions to refer to during your mini-lessons, small group lessons and writing conferences.  (continue reading)
05/05/22

Podcast: Exploring Textured Teaching with Roberto and Lorena Germán

After living and teaching through a pandemic for over two years, we all need time to process and release in a collective manner. Where do we start?  (continue reading)
04/28/22

Podcast: Crafting a Strong Writing Minilesson with Ralph Fletcher

Today on the podcast, author Ralph Fletcher on the effectiveness of a good writing mini lesson in particular the value of having a visual in your mini lesson.   (continue reading)
03/03/22

Abandoning the Myth of the Master Writer with Liz Prather and Tom Newkirk

The myth of the master writer has long plagued students and teachers alike, limiting our sense of self-confidence and writerly ability. Is it possible to dispel these notions?  (continue reading)
02/01/22

PD Spotlight: Teaching Writers

The reflective practice of teaching can bring both joy and frustration. We feel joy in the moment a writing conference propels a student to a new place in their notebook, or when we witness the impact of a mini-lesson or mentor text...  (continue reading)
01/20/22

Podcast: Writing Unbound Read Aloud with Tom Newkirk

In this audiobook preview, Tom describes the vast opportunity found in fiction writing, and what we lose when we don’t embrace that opportunity in our classrooms.  (continue reading)
01/19/22

Words Matter: Language that Fosters Flexible Thinking

The words we use to talk about writing and revision matter. Some things to consider from Heinemann Authors, Chris Hall and Mike Anderson.  (continue reading)
01/12/22

Cultivating Your Literate Life: A Self Reflection Tool From Stephanie Affinito

The self reflection tool you didn't know you needed from the author of Leading Literate Lives, Stephanie Affinito.   (continue reading)
12/02/21

Podcast: Developing a Mindset for Revision with Chris Hall and Ellin Keene

What if revision is something that happens in the mindset of the writer during the writing process? This is the question that Chris Hall answer in The Writer’s Mindset.  (continue reading)
11/18/21

Podcast: Bringing Fiction Back with Tom Newkirk

When’s the last time your students got to write creatively? Or craft a piece of fiction that was entirely their own?  (continue reading)

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