Heather has a fascination with what makes teaching and learning work. Her motto is “Stay Curious” and she embraces that in her personal and professional life. She currently teaches fourth grade.
Heather Rader shares a process for teaching peer editing and revision skills that helps students learn how to assist each other kindly during writing workshop. This is the first video in a three-part series.
Partners confer over revision in fifth grade in this second installment of a three-part video series.
Heather Rader demonstrates the importance of a varied reading diet to a second-grade group, sharing her own stack of books.
Heather Rader concludes her series on sentence combining with a four-step process to help teachers explore the sentence combining craft on their own.
Heather Rader has strategies for using sentence combining in literacy workshops.
Heather Rader begins a new series on sentence combining, an alternative to traditional drill and kill grammar instruction.
What words are worthy of study? Amanda Adrian and Heather Rader explore that question with colleagues.
Heather Rader discovers subheadings are a neglected but useful tool for teaching students about key topics in their writing.
Ruth Ayres and Heather Rader draw on their work as literacy coaches and teachers to explore the complex connections between choice and structure in writing workshops.
Heather Rader blurs the line between research and presentation in the final installment of the primary research series.
Heather Rader looks at the importance of frontloading information for young learners in the third installment of the primary research series.
Heather Rader shares the second installment in our primary research series.
Heather Rader launches a new four-part series on teaching research skills in the primary grades. This first installment highlights search techniques for children.
If you tell students transitions are like underwear, they sit up and pay attention. Heather Rader uses the analogy to help students analyze and improve the transitions in their writing.
This is the final installment in Heather Rader's series on argument and opinion writing in the intermediate grades.
When students take a stand in writing, they will almost inevitably bring up touchy topics. Heather Rader considers the challenge in part 3 of her opinion/argumentative writing series.
In the second installment of our teaching argument/opinion writing series, Heather Rader uses a continuum dialogue and modeled writing with intermediate students.
As Heather Rader works with teachers and teams on opinion/argumentative writing, she’s considering the anatomy of an argument and engaging ways to teach it.
Heather Rader finds web video is a powerful tool for scaffolding young writers as they produce informational texts.
Heather Rader gives examples of convention conferences in this final installment of the conventions series.
Heather Rader works with a team of intermediate teachers as they connect their plans for conventions instruction and the Common Core.
Heather Rader works with a team of intermediate teachers as they pore over student work together and analyze which conventions should be taught.
Heather Rader and Jennifer Taft share strategies for positive communication with parents.
Heather Rader works with a team of intermediate teachers to ferret out what does and doesn't work, based on research and experience.
Heather Rader shares the language she uses to describe literacy coaching to others.
Heather Rader works with a teaching team as they integrate conventions instruction into their writing workshop.
What can music add to the classroom? Plenty! Sean Moore and Heather Rader provide many examples and favorite tunes.
Heather Rader shares more guidelines for a professional development day on the Common Core with a writing focus.
Heather Rader sorts through goals, audience, and interest in planning a day of professional development linked to the writing standards in the Common Core.
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