Tammy Mulligan shares her quick thinking when students are bored with book clubs and reminds us all of the importance of offering playful choice for students to show their learning.
Bitsy Parks shares special events that help students widen their scope of acceptance and appreciation for the differences among us.
Tammy Mulligan shares the vulnerable process of forming heterogeneous groups for book discussions.
Bitsy Parks offers key end-of-the year activities that allow students to reflect and notice their identities, growth, and community as readers and writers.
Melissa Quimby shares online routines to strengthen the class reading community.
Tammy Mulligan shares small and mighty moves when assessing students online.
Brian Sepe shares one of his favorite activities for small groups of young learners: making books together.
Bitsy Parks shares the way a series study enriches the reading lives of students and serves as an intervention to help readers grow.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills write about the power of series books in helping young readers build skills and independence as they exit intervention programs.
Jen Court completes an interactive read aloud in a second-grade classroom.
Mandy Robek learns a lot about worry from her daughter, and discovers a treasure trove of picture books to promote mental wellness and help students cope with difficult emotions.
Stella Villalba confers with Esmeralda about her information writing on blue jays.
Mandy Robek is a little nervous about setting her students loose to organize informational texts, but she couldn’t be more pleased by what they learned in the process.
Stella Villalba teaches young writers about writer’s craft. So how come evidence of learning from the minilessons isn’t showing up when she confers with her students? She decides to develop a plan to help students link craft lessons with their writing.
Tammy Mulligan shares how she introduces students to the process of interpreting literature at different grade and developmental levels.
Mandy Robek learns a lot about worry from her daughter, and at the same time discovers a treasure trove of children’s books to help students overcome worries.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills write about the challenge of creating meaningful print-based packages of materials for students who don’t have internet access for remote learning.
Stella Villalba confers with first grade English language learner Eric about his writing on angry birds, with Esmeralda also sharing advice.
Kate Mills notes her own miscues in reading a bedtime story to her young children, and thinks about what that means for analyzing the running records of readers in primary classrooms.
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.
Sean Moore leads his second graders in a quick pair-share to help everyone reflect on what they learned during independent reading.
Tammy Mulligan explains how the use of the popular “reading mats” can help build reader confidence.
Jen Court uses text sets from three authors to help second graders ferret out different elements of the authors’ styles.
Whenever a tricky literary concept comes up, Tammy Mulligan finds herself returning to a favorite mentor text to guide students. She explains the value of shared simple stories for understanding complicated literary elements.
Finding time for writing share sessions may begin with trying out a few different options to see what works in your classroom. Melanie Meehan presents some of her favorites.
Heather Fisher explains how viewing excerpts from the same video multiple times can help students in book clubs hone their conversation and reflection skills.
Sending books home with young readers is essential. Cathy Mere gives lots of practical tips for designing a take-home books program and communicating with families about what young readers need.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills find that struggling readers in the early grades benefit from scaffolds and repeated practice in small groups. They share some of their favorite tools, including key ring prompts and anchor charts.
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