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.
Jennifer Schwanke has a student who just won't sit still and behave appropriately in her middle school classroom. She finally gives up. That's where the learning begins.
Justin Stygles develops reading passports as an alternative to traditional reading logs with his fifth- and sixth-grade students.
Katharine Hale has moved much of her reading response to digital boards, which are also a useful tool for formative assessment.
Ruth Ayres has tips for organizing desks, tables, chairs, and materials to support literacy learning.
Susan Dee uses shoebox autobiographies to build community and relationships with students early in the fall.
If you find yourself buried in student work that needs a response, you’ll enjoy suggestions from Bill Bass for using a nifty new online tool.
Justin Stygles uses the 30 Books in 30 Days project to introduce his sixth graders to a wide variety of authors and genres.
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