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Tammy Mulligan explains the process of having students analyze and create models of good writing and analysis for assessing themselves and peers.
This week we look at integrating test prep into literacy workshops.
Stephanie Affinito encounters an unexpected byproduct of testing for her son—the uninterrupted reading time waiting for others to finish builds a good habit. She shares how teachers might reclaim ten minutes a day for independent reading.
Teaching the genre of tests can seem far removed from writing workshop. Matt Renwick explores how to teach constructed response in a way that is integrated with the tenets of good workshop instruction.
This week we look at how to create cozy and safe learning spaces.
Dana Murphy leads a minilesson in fifth grade on revising narrative writing.
Ruth Ayres eavesdrops on some moms complaining about homework assignments, and finds the experience leads to reflection on the dangers of forcing students to make themselves vulnerable in classrooms.
Christy Rush-Levine ponders what it means to create a safe space for all of her middle school students, and then makes some changes.
Melissa Atwood leads a first-grade guided reading group. The focus at the start of the lesson is on chunking words. This is the first video in a two-part series.
This week we look at how to foster a love of poetry in literacy workshops.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills introduce their middle school students to pastiche, a technique of mimicking the craft of favorite poems and poets.
Middle schoolers and kindergartners forge friendships at Katherine Sokolowski’s school through a sweet poetry writing and sharing project.
Bitsy Parks shares some of her favorite strategies for quick and meaningful word work groups in her first-grade classroom.
Dana Murphy meets with a group of fifth graders to work on strategies for understanding unknown words.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills work with a second-grade team to think through how best to teach transition words during a fairy tale unit, especially to students who are English learners.
Partner work is an essential component of many literacy workshops. Dana Murphy explains how she is intentional in building thoughtful routines and expectations for partner work in her fifth-grade classroom.
This week we look at how to help traumatized children in classrooms.
Christy Rush-Levine finds her middle school students need more support and scaffolds to understand authors’ craft in graphic novels.
Fifth-grade writers in Franki Sibberson’s classroom encourage each other and suggest revisions to their opinion-writing drafts in partner teams.
Jen Schwanke remembers her own experiences with trauma as a scared young girl, and how one kind teacher made all the difference in putting her on the path to healing. This makes her ponder the power of literacy in reaching wounded students in our midst.
Mark Levine has his middle school students “closely read” paired videos as well as texts to ponder the value and accuracy of different historical sources.
Christy Rush-Levine confers with Nia over the graphic novel she is reading. They discuss the choices characters make.
Jeff is apathetic and unengaged. To help this middle school learner, Mark Levine needs to understand his history. Mark shows the power of interviews for connecting with struggling teen learners.
Sean Moore leads his second graders in a quick pair-share to help everyone reflect on what they learned during independent reading.
Mark Levine realizes explaining expectations for an essay assignment over and over again isn’t working. But when he has students write in pairs for a portion of his workshop, magic happens.
Tammy Mulligan explains how the use of the popular “reading mats” can help build reader confidence.
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