Christy Rush-Levine makes links between standards, video clips, and close reading.
What information is gathered by a teacher sitting in a rocking chair quietly watching her students? Christy Rush-Levine discover it is plenty.
Christy Rush-Levine challenges the notion that there is anything easy or natural about getting young teens to select and read books independently in classrooms.
Carly Ullmer presents a fun activity for introducing teens to new books and each other as readers, capitalizing on their interests.
What do you do on day one? Christy Rush-Levine describes the routines in her middle school classroom.
Carly Ullmer learns a powerful lesson about teaching her middle school students to respond to peer writing.
Jillian Heise’s middle school students design text sets late in the school year. It’s a great activity for discovering how they have grown as readers, as well as a gift to next year’s class.
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.
Melanie Meehan finds a notebooks tour is a terrific minilesson for helping students expand the ways they use notebooks.
Jillian Heise uses the lowly paint-chip board to inspire poetry in her middle school students.
Bill Bass has advice for teaching web-based search skills to students.
Holly Mueller and her middle school students have fun exploring the creative aspects of literary nonfiction.
Erin Ocon compiles a list of the ways she publishes writing of her teen students.
If your goal is to get teens more excited about independent reading, Gretchen Schroeder has suggestions to help.
Katie Doherty helps students make choices for independent reading.
Kim Campbell has suggestions for ways teachers can help introverts have more say in literacy workshops.
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.
Gretchen Taylor’s overscheduled middle school students have almost no time for reading outside the classroom. She finds that some reflective inquiry helps them build reading habits at home.
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.
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.
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.
Ruth Ayres has tips for organizing desks, tables, chairs, and materials to support literacy learning.
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.
Christy Rush-Levine introduces her middle school students to the complexity of reading on the first day of school.
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