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.
Deb Gaby confers with Riley about The Lemonade War. They talk about the writing about reading that students are doing for this whole-class read.
Katherine Sokolowski makes a case for the importance of reading aloud to secondary students and offers suggestions to make it a reality. She includes a list of five surefire read aloud books for middle school students.
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.
Katherine Sokolowski shares a book list that inspires her to teach five different kinds of conflict.
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.
Instructional coach Staci Revere reminds us of the importance of modeling our own reading lives for students, especially the parts where we struggle as readers.
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.
Katherine Sokolowski combines personal narratives and comics to encourage students to go deeper in their storytelling.
Katherine Sokolowski outlines the nitty-gritty on how to teach students to organize, manage, and compose email.
Leigh Anne Eck outlines sensible reasons for students to keep reading records. She considers guidance for book selection, data for teachers, and entry points for reading conferences.
Melanie Quinn shares a fun activity to help current students share advice for next year’s class.
Julianne Houser meets with a small group of fifth graders to help them build skills for tracking thinking.
Christy Rush-Levine offers a close look into the needs of readers by considering engagement, enrichment and nourishment. She offers three examples of reading conferences with students.
Melissa Quimby shares online routines to strengthen the class reading community.
Kate Mills and Tara Barnett pinpoint common difficulties in sixth-grade memoir. They share teaching points and student writing samples before and after revision.
Tammy Mulligan shares small and mighty moves when assessing students online.
Katherine Sokolowski helps fifth grader Sidney brainstorm ideas for a story. She uses her own experiences with writing to instruct.
Christy Rush-Levine considers how to communicate to all students that their presence and their identities are valued and appreciated.
Melanie Meehan uses A Day’s Work as a mentor text to help fifth grader Emily develop setting in her writing.
Matt Renwick shares creative ways teachers in his school celebrate authors.
Tammy Mulligan finds shared writing is her go-to strategy for teaching young learners online.
Tammy Mulligan listens to students and adapts her small-group instruction as they share how they learn.
Katherine Sokolowski confers with fifth grader Tucker about his Harry Potter book. This brief conference includes connections to the movies, recommendations for a classmate, and suggestions for using an audiobook on a trip so that the whole family can enjoy it.
Dana Murphy leads a reading minilesson on theme in fifth grade, explaining how students might think more deeply about themes through characters’ problems.
Balancing small groups and conferences is essential for transferring learning from lessons and units, and it’s one of the trickiest tasks for teachers. Dana Murphy explains how she works toward balance in her classroom, weighing everything from the timeline of the unit to the intensity of the minilesson.
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