Here is where you’ll find all the latest videos from our contributors. These videos are all captured in classrooms with crews using multiple cameras during regularly scheduled reading and writing workshops.
Bitsy Parks helps first grader Zac work on his decoding skills by using a fun picture book.
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.
Gigi McAllister leads a group of fourth graders in discussing characters and their quests or goals in the story.
Gigi McAllister has two reading partners in her fourth-grade classroom do a quick practice of retelling their stories.
Stella Villalba confers with Esmeralda about her information writing on blue jays.
Dana Murphy leads a reading minilesson on theme in fifth grade, explaining how students might think more deeply about themes through characters’ problems.
Hayley Whitaker leads a minilesson in kindergarten on how to plan a narrative writing draft.
Melissa Atwood leads her first-grade class with a minilesson early in the school year on making connections to text.
Christy Rush-Levine confers with Griffin over his reading responses. They consider the differences between dystopian literature and realistic fiction, as well as what motivates characters.
Bitsy Parks confers with Michael about his gingerbread man writing. She encourages him to use a repeated phrase in the writing, echoing a whole-class lesson on repeated phrases.
Christy Rush-Levine helps Alyssa draft her literary analysis essay.
Dana Murphy confers with Krisha over her reading, talking about the value of using a book’s back cover for previewing.
Bitsy Parks leads a writing share early in the year, presenting three student examples of writing and highlighting different aspects of writer’s craft linked to minilessons.
In this conference in Christy Rush-Levine’s eighth-grade classroom, Jaden is reading a book that mixes math with basketball, an activity he enjoys at home.
Ruth Ayres confers with second grader Reagan about writing she is revising for publication about a class trip to the zoo that included her grandmother. Ruth introduces her to the concept of frames in illustrations, using an example from a picture book.
Andrea Smith meets with a group of fourth-grade girls who are completing designs as part of the owl habitat project.
Stella Villalba confers with first grade English language learner Eric about his writing on angry birds, with Esmeralda also sharing advice.
Hayley Whitaker meets with a group of kindergartners and takes them through a picture walk.
Dana Murphy meets with a group of fifth graders to explore character development in their reading.
Melissa Atwood leads a first-grade guided reading group. This is the second video in a two-part series.
Dana Murphy leads a minilesson in fifth grade on revising narrative writing.
Melissa Atwood leads a first-grade guided reading group. The focus at the start of the lesson is on chunking words. This is the first video in a two-part series.
Dana Murphy meets with a group of fifth graders to work on strategies for understanding unknown words.
Fifth-grade writers in Franki Sibberson’s classroom encourage each other and suggest revisions to their opinion-writing drafts in partner teams.
Christy Rush-Levine confers with Nia over the graphic novel she is reading. They discuss the choices characters make.
Sean Moore leads his second graders in a quick pair-share to help everyone reflect on what they learned during independent reading.
Fifth graders use a visual tool to help them build on each other’s ideas in book clubs. They are applying a strategy demonstrated in an earlier minilesson.
Dana Murphy leads a minilesson on book club conversations, using a fishbowl strategy and building blocks to support more sophisticated conversations.
Jen Court uses text sets from three authors to help second graders ferret out different elements of the authors’ styles.
A classic anchor text for many teachers is Charlotte’s Web. In this week’s video, Dana Murphy seamlessly integrates a brief excerpt from it into a writing minilesson on endings in her fifth-grade classroom.
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