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Sean Moore shares the importance of using a writer’s notebook to discover topics in this minilesson with his second-grade students from early in the year.
Ruth Ayres confers with third grader Jade about the importance of the “collecting” phase for writers.
Katherine Sokolowski helps fifth grader Spencer brainstorm topics for his writing notebook.
Dana Murphy explains how her small-group planner is an essential tool for organizing groups in her fourth-grade classroom.
Justin Stygles describes the four crucial components of effective assessment.
Aimee Buckner teaches her 4th graders the power of rereading using the mentor text Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Coville.
Katrina Edwards begins her conference with first grader Allen by celebrating all he is doing well in his writing. She highlights his language and details in writing, before moving on to new strategies to try.
In this minilesson from Franki Sibberson’s grades 3 and 4 classroom, Franki takes students through the process of selecting and revising titles. She uses the poem “Confessions of a Reader” by Carol Wilcox as a mentor text.
Franki Sibberson leads a minilesson in her fifth-grade classroom to help students design their own lessons. Students also assess what goes into a high-quality minilesson.
Stella Villalba scaffolds the language development of her first- and second-grade English language learners during read-aloud by highlighting vocabulary and providing a tool to assist with a partner retelling activity.
Stella Villalba leads a guided reading group of first-grade English language learners, beginning with building vocabulary.
Jennifer Schwanke and Franki Sibberson share four perspectives on student-led conferences — teacher, principal, student, and parent.
An elementary literacy team discusses word learning in the context of student assessment results as part of a yearlong inquiry into word study.
Jennifer Schwanke questions the routines of how wall displays are used in classrooms.
Time is precious in classrooms, so Melanie Meehan shares strategies to ensure it isn't wasted at the start of new writing units by teaching skills students may already possess.
Spend time with the youngest writers and you will be mesmerized by their writing processes. Ruth Ayres assembled a field experience focused on kindergarten writers.
Barbara Coleman finds classroom tours are a terrific professional development activity early in the year, fostering unexpected collaboration among colleagues.
Jennifer Jones reflects upon the “teacherisms” in writing workshops — the language we use that defines our values and routines.
Mandy Robek explains with a video example how “interruptions” from students can deepen the shared reading experience. In this case, her kindergarten class is exploring punctuation.
Katherine Sokolowski has suggestions for Skype use in classrooms, covering everything from student etiquette to special events.
Melissa Styger finds she needs to make changes to her just-right book lesson to meet the needs of her third-grade students.
The words prompting and support appear often in the kindergarten Common Core State Standards. Mandy Robek analyzes what prompting and support looks and sounds like in her kindergarten classroom by using a video example.
Max Brand uses a name chart with his kindergarten English language learners to teach letters and sounds, and build community.
Ann Marie Corgill shares how she organizes materials for literacy learning in the third installment of her design series.
Handwritten notes have timeless appeal, and great value for teachers and literacy leaders.
One skill at a time — here are some suggestions for a step-by-step approach to learning how to take good observational notes in the classroom.
Welcome your students to school by honoring their cultures — this diverse list is just right for diverse classrooms.
Sometimes it takes a village to help a preschooler feel a part of the group, especially one who cries almost all the time. Kelly Petrin finds her young students have more empathy and resiliency than she imagined when she enlists their support.
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