Melanie Meehan works with fifth graders who are struggling to elaborate on themes in their opinion writing.
Ruth Ayres confers with sixth grader Connor about constructing a thesis statement.
Justin Stygles finds Nonfiction Scrapbooks are a fun way for his fifth-grade students to explore their reading interests and artistic talents with the classroom community.
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan are using reading notebook covers in ingenious ways.
Katie Doherty confers with boys in her sixth-grade reading workshop. This is the second installment in a two-part video series.
Katie Doherty circulates among sixth-grade boys in her reading workshop. These quick conferences and conferring tips are the first installment in a two-part series.
Melanie Swider enhances read alouds and the entire reading workshop with creative uses for reading notebooks.
Carly Ullmer learns a powerful lesson about teaching her middle school students to respond to peer writing.
Donalyn Miller, author of the acclaimed bestseller The Book Whisperer, chats with Franki Sibberson about the importance of teachers modeling their literate lives for students.
Jillian Heise shares a marvelous poetry writing activity for students who are transitioning from elementary to middle school, or middle to high school.
Christy Rush-Levine finds she has to rethink learning targets for her middle school students if she wants students to pursue complex and lifelong reading goals.
Jillian Heise uses the quirky genre of book blurbs in her middle school classroom to model summaries and glean information about students’ comprehension, reading interests, and writing skills.
Katie Doherty finds read alouds are a valuable tool for developing middle school writers.
Melanie Meehan finds a notebooks tour is a terrific minilesson for helping students expand the ways they use notebooks.
Katie Doherty Czerwinski tackles the challenging issue of helping a student catch up in book clubs and reading workshop when they have missed a lot of class time.
Justin Stygles decides he needs to completely rethink the role of classroom aides.
Bill Bass has advice for teaching web-based search skills to students.
The line between fiction and nonfiction can be fuzzy, but Tony Keefer finds what matters most is finding texts that captivate readers.
Holly Mueller and her middle school students have fun exploring the creative aspects of literary nonfiction.
Katharine Hale looks at the value of hashtags in helping students harness Twitter in a reading community.
Katie Doherty helps students make choices for independent reading.
Megan Ginther found she was spending too much time responding to student writing, and just as important, taking on too much of the responsibility for improvement. She tackled the issue by developing a new program for peer evaluation of student writing.
Gretchen Taylor concludes her two-part series on spelling instruction in middle school. In this installment, Gretchen visits a colleague in the primary grades to get advice and practical insight.
If your students are already comfortable with an unstructured requirement of 20-30 minutes of reading each night, you may find adding 10 minutes of writing at home works wonders in fostering writing skills. Katherine Sokolowski explains how the assignment works in her classroom.
Gretchen Taylor has a common teacher's lament about spelling, so she decides to do something about it. This is the first installment in a two-part series.
Christy Rush-Levine uses striking texts that inspire multiple readings by her middle school students.
Propaganda, word clouds, and close reading engage students in Holly Mueller’s sixth-grade class.
Shari Frost asks a provocative question: Can books harm children? She explores practical ways for teachers to walk the fine line between support and censorship in matching books to students.
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