Cathy Mere presses to help children take the first steps in growing a sustainable reading life that carries beyond the classroom walls. She offers ways to build bridges to the school and public libraries as an essential step.
Tammy Mulligan promotes independence in her student writers by supporting them in creating writing plans. A download of a planning template is included so your students can create writing plans, too.
Jen Court gives 10 ways for students to share and celebrate their work as writers. Two downloads are included for you to use in your classroom.
Stella Villalba compiles a book list about the topic of home. She shares the way she allows students to co-construct their own understanding of home by using picture books that provide a variety of lenses through which to view the topic.
Bitsy Parks reminds us of four key components of running a workshop and offers advice for making workshop work.
Julie Johnson reflects on how to help students know they belong and are valued in a classroom community.
Mandy Robek reminds us of the power of a Status of the Class to build a reading community.
Tammy Mulligan encourages students to support their peers as writers by being a “roving student conferrer.” When we enable students to take on the role of the teacher, it helps solidify what they know, as well as take pride in their writing skills.
Mandy Robek shares keys to knowing when to launch writer’s notebooks with primary writers.
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.
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.
Melanie Quinn shares a fun activity to help current students share advice for next year’s class.
Melissa Quimby shares online routines to strengthen the class reading community.
Tammy Mulligan shares small and mighty moves when assessing students online.
Matt Renwick shares creative ways teachers in his school celebrate authors.
Bitsy Parks shares the way a series study enriches the reading lives of students and serves as an intervention to help readers grow.
Tammy Mulligan finds shared writing is her go-to strategy for teaching young learners online.
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.
Tammy Mulligan listens to students and adapts her small-group instruction as they share how they learn.
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.
Lora Bieghler facilitates a Socratic-style discussion among third graders.
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.
Teaching comprehension skills can be a complex and overwhelming task. Tammy Mulligan shares a process for expanding and deepening student interpretations of text.
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.
Tammy Mulligan explains the process of having students analyze and create models of good writing and analysis for assessing themselves and peers.
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.
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