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.
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.
Some emergent readers happily browse for books and explore them independently. For others, it’s a struggle. Cathy Mere shares her favorite strategies for helping all readers get comfortable with selecting books on their own.
Suzy Kaback marvels at a very young learner who is a “secret reader,” and this leads her to reassess the value of constantly celebrating new skills in school communities.
A word wall in preschool?! Shari Frost helps a teacher meet this impossible edict, and has a lot of fun in the process thinking about how our youngest learners acquire word knowledge.
Dana Murphy realizes the best way to introduce students to reading in kindergarten is to apply the principles that work at home with her own children.
Katherine Sokolowski had a dream — her whole community reading and celebrating the same book. She explains how she helped coordinate, organize, and purchase hundreds of books for a community-wide reading of Wonder.
Ruth Ayres shares some of her favorite mentors and mentor texts for developing good writing processes and habits.
Shari Frost observes a teacher conferring with a first grader who is mystified at the advice to "get your mouth ready," and it leads her to consider what works best in helping young readers.
Leslie Woodhouse discovers a dollar store find takes on a life of its own in her preschool classroom in this delightful essay.
Melissa Kolb explores what needs to be in place for our youngest students to learn how to converse kindly.
Melissa Kolb shares some of her favorite mentor texts for helping preschoolers understand friendship.
Bill Bass has advice for teaching web-based search skills to students.
Shari Frost asks a provocative question: Can books harm children? She explores practical ways for teachers to walk the fine line between support and censorship in matching books to students.
Kelly Petrin finds animal backpacks are a wonderful tool for building literacy skills in young learners, as well as the home/school connection.
Shari Frost has a suggestion for what shouldn’t be on classroom walls: student assessment scores. She explains why this practice can be harmful to students.
Kelly Petrin reflects on what she values most in the final days with children in her preschool program, and what she shares with parents.
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. Sarah Klim presents some favorite titles to share with students and build awareness in this booklist.
The Olympics are just around the corner, and Sarah Klim has suggestions for read alouds in a new booklist.
Franki Sibberson chats with Jennifer Serravallo about formative assessment in this podcast. Jennifer is the author of The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook, Grades 3-6: Four Steps for Turning Assessment Data into Goal-Directed Instruction.
Ruth Ayres has advice for moving forward, staying positive, and focusing on what’s important.
Gretchen Taylor finds the three little words “tell me more” provide breakthroughs in helping her middle school students respond to reading.
Ruth Ayres explains how deciding the purpose of conferring in advance can lead to more powerful conferences.
Kelly Petrin meditates on the importance of trust and patience when looking for ways to connect with preschoolers.
Kelly Petrin reinvents a pumpkin decorating project with her preschoolers to help them build storytelling skills.
What can you learn from having toddlers "read" to you? Plenty, as Meghan Rose soon discovers.
Franki Sibberson finds Pinterest is a useful tool for professional development.
Max Brand develops a "Swiss army knife" booklist of texts that he can't live without when teaching young learners.
Leslie Woodhouse finds dictation is a critical tool for understanding young writers and their sense of story.
Kelly Petrin finds a bare classroom at the end of the year leads her to improvise with stuffed animals and literacy with her preschool students. The mix of play and reading is so successful that it changes her planning for the fall.
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