Max Brand considers how rereading helps students understand and enjoy texts.
Teachers continue to puzzle over and sort through the terminology in the Common Core related to opinion and persuasive writing. Amanda Adrian and Heather Rader consider terms and teaching strategies.
Interviews early in the year are a potent tool for building a class community.
Franki Sibberson works to expand her views of spelling and word work, redefining routines in her grades 3 and 4 classroom.
Who is a “drive-thru” reader? One who zips through the start of a book and discards it before finishing, moving ever more quickly through random books. Aimee Buckner has some minilesson suggestions for dealing with those students who can’t or won’t finish any books they start.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills continue their series on independent projects with nuts and bolts advice on management.
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 book list of five sure-fire read aloud books for middle school students.
Helping students learn to choose books and develop stamina are important to developing independent readers. Ruth Ayres designed a field experience with opportunities to see minilessons, small group instruction, team meetings and a share session that support independence in readers.
Melanie Meehan shares activities that help students talk about their characters before writing about them in a realistic fiction unit.
Fifth-grade writers in Franki Sibberson’s classroom encourage each other and suggest revisions to their opinion-writing drafts in partner teams.
Julie Johnson learns some important lessons about connecting with students remotely, and few of them are about technology.
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.
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.
Katherine Sokolowski has suggestions for Skype use in classrooms, covering everything from student etiquette to special events.
Ann Marie Corgill shares how she organizes materials for literacy learning in the third installment of her design series.
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