Sarah Klim’s latest booklist includes titles for honoring those who serve on Memorial Day.
Cathy Laker uses her own writing as a mentor text with her second-grade students to demonstrate options for endings.
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.
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan explain why it is important to share data with parents while school is still in session in order to avoid the summer slide. This is another installment in their summer reading series.
Sean Moore confers with second grader Teague, masterfully demonstrating how to move between instruction and celebration when conferring with a child who struggles with reading.
Franki Sibberson designs a lesson cycle to prepare students for summer reading.
Gigi McAllister has many suggestions for a strong reading finish to the school year.
Stella Villalba confers with Hermione, a first grader who is also an English language learner. Hermione is combining research and writing as she writes a nonfiction report.
Screen-Free Week is scheduled for May 5-11 this year. Here are some book suggestions to help you explore the issue with students.
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. Sarah Klim presents some favorite titles to share with students and build awareness in this booklist.
Sean Moore teaches second grader Mikhail some strategies for learning words in a conference.
Max Brand describes how word observations can work as powerful minilessons in elementary classrooms.
Deb Gaby uses a bridge metaphor in a comprehension minilesson for second graders.
Ruth Ayres confers with second grader Max about the drama of losing his dog, and the value of using two-page spreads to tell a story.
Heather Rader has strategies for using sentence combining in literacy workshops.
Linda Karamatic observes a second-grade boys book club using tokens as a cue for turn taking, and then discusses her observations with the students.
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.
Max Brand has developed templates for grades K-2 and 3-5 to use for formative spelling assessments.
Linda Karamatic uses texts her second graders already know to build their inferring skills as they construct a chart together.
Linda Karamatic uses a read aloud to launch a group activity to build understanding of inferring.
Ruth Ayres develops a words chart in this brief minilesson with second graders.
Ruth Ayres has advice for moving forward, staying positive, and focusing on what’s important.
Are the terms stamina and engagement synonymous? Cathy Mere defines the terms by observing her first graders.
Ruth Ayres presents a minilesson on capital letters to a second-grade class.
Max Brand developed Spelling Cycles as an alternative to weekly spelling tests. He explains how they work with an example from a third-grade class.
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 explains how deciding the purpose of conferring in advance can lead to more powerful conferences.
Shark vs. Train! Fork vs. Spoon! Versus stories are incredibly popular in writing workshops these days. Cathy Mere found herself struggling to teach narrative conventions to students writing versus tales, so she created a booklist of mentor texts.
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