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The Quickwrite Handbook Podcast

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, a special conversation between Linda Rief and Penny Kittle. Both are at the Boothbay Literacy Institute. Penny talks with Linda about her new “The Quickwrite Handbook: 100 Mentor Texts to Jumpstart Your Students’ Thinking and Writing.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jun 28, 2018 12:03:55 PM

Cultivate Reading and Learning

Before we were teachers, we were readers−readers who understand the power reading has to change our lives from the new characters we meet, the new places we visit, and the new lessons we learn.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jun 20, 2018 7:36:00 AM

What Is A Quickwrite?

Writing and teaching writing can be intimidating. It is hard work, and it takes time. Quickwrites offer an easy and manageable writing experience that helps both students and teachers find their voices and develop their confidence.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jun 15, 2018 8:40:00 AM

Wrap-Up: PLC Series 2017-2018

Here are all of the posts from the year, listed with their guiding questions, so you can easily find those that might support your professional learning this summer and into next school year.  (continue reading)
Jaclyn Karabinas Jun 4, 2018 12:01:00 AM

Finding Writing Topics Your Students Love

In this video, Allison & Rebekah explain how simple it can be to get the creative juices flowing with inspiration from 'analysis in the wild'.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown May 31, 2018 10:57:27 AM

Helping Students Write with Reflection

I’ve been asking myself, “How can I create writing curriculum that is accessible to all learners, one in which they are truly motivated to uncover new stories they are driven to share?” I want my students to grow their ideas about different perspectives in the world and discover insight into their own identities.  (continue reading)
Steph George May 2, 2018 5:23:00 AM

Using Metacognition to Spark Revision

My theory as a writing teacher this past year was this: getting my students to reflect on and talk about the revisions they were trying—to ask them to “get a little ‘meta’”—would help foster these identities and build a culture of revision in my classroom.  (continue reading)
Steph George Apr 25, 2018 6:18:00 AM

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

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