Franki Sibberson realizes there are some bad days in literacy workshops that hold no great life lessons for teachers and students, and that is okay.
Kate Mills and Tara Barnett share strategies for building bridges between intervention and classroom instruction.
Franki Sibberson explains why we need to move beyond our cherished definitions of quality when working with third graders in transition and embrace the books students love.
Ruth Ayres shares some of her favorite mentors and mentor texts for developing good writing processes and habits.
Melanie Meehan talks with a third-grade teacher about how she helps students focus on craft elements in nonfiction mentor texts.
Andrea Smith shares a sequence of lessons she uses to introduce the classroom library to her fourth-grade students.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills begin a few days before the start of break to help students develop summer reading goals and plans.
Andrea Smith reflects on preparing to say goodbye to students and her teaching partner of many years. If you have a favorite colleague who is retiring, you may want to get a hankie ready before you read this one.
Melanie Meehan finds that a flexible conventions checklist that students develop according to their own needs is the best way to ensure conventions are taught in the context of authentic student work.
Jennifer Schwanke finds dictionaries (the real, not virtual, variety) are still a potent tool for teaching new vocabulary to children.
Stella Villalba explores why it is so important to teach vocabulary to English language learners in context.
Jason DiCarlo completes his lesson on character traits in third grade. This is the final installment in a three-part series.
Jason DiCarlo continues his third-grade reading workshop lesson on character traits with a mentor text. This is the second video in a three-part series.
Melanie Meehan works with a third-grade teacher to rouse interest from a class of compliant students who lack engagement.
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan are using reading notebook covers in ingenious ways.
This quick and silent time-lapse video shows the arrival routine in Leslie Lloyd’s third-grade classroom.
Katie DiCesare thinks about what language supports student independence early in the year and how to share this in an anchor chart with her first graders.
Stella Villalba finds what English language learners need more than almost anything else is patience with silence and time to formulate responses.
Melanie Meehan finds third grade is a good age for helping students develop paragraphing skills.
Gigi McAllister uses picture books to strengthen her fourth grade classroom community.
Melanie Meehan finds a notebooks tour is a terrific minilesson for helping students expand the ways they use notebooks.
Franki Sibberson explains how longer conferences early in the year pay dividends all year long.
Max Brand tutors a struggling fourth grader who produces very little writing.
Andrea Smith explains why infographics are more useful than ever in the age of the Common Core, and provides many links to free infographic resources on the web.
Bill Bass has advice for teaching web-based search skills to students.
Max Brand uses written blind word sorts to build student word learning skills.
The line between fiction and nonfiction can be fuzzy, but Tony Keefer finds what matters most is finding texts that captivate readers.
Andrea Smith shares some of her favorite nonfiction classroom displays.
Many beloved characters from picture books are showing up in beginning readers, and in the process can lose a lot of their appeal. Shari Frost provides teachers with criteria for choosing between picture books or beginning readers.
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