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Eliminating the Conga Line: Teaching Young Children About Strategic Thinking

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan manage to synthesize workspace cleanup, student independence, and a concrete analogy for strategy work in classrooms.

Hearing Carlos: Helping Young English Language Learners Develop Speaking and Listening Skills

Stella Villalba incorporates more speaking and listening activities into her primary classroom for English language learners.

Writers Inspiring Writers

Melissa Styger invites colleagues and family members into the classroom to share their writing process with students.

Second Grader Conferring: Adding Details and Descriptive Language Part 2

In this second video from a four-part series, Sean Moore confers with a student about adding details to his writing.

Peer Conferring: The “Try It On” Phase

Amanda Adrian continues her series on how teachers can scaffold and model peer conferring. In this installment, Amanda uses the fishbowl technique with students.

Second-Grade Writing: Adding Details and Descriptive Language

In this first video from a four-part series, Sean Moore leads a writing workshop focused on adding more details and descriptive language to writing. He begins with the classic Charlotte’s Web as his mentor text.

Quick Sketch Practice

Linda Karamatic uses quick sketches to teach her second graders about sensory images in reading. This is the second installment in a two-part series.

Quick Sketch Sensory Images Read Aloud: Introduction

Linda Karamatic uses quick sketches to teach her second graders about sensory images in reading. This is the first installment in a two-part series.

Common Core Booklist: Writing Personal Narratives

Personal narratives are an important part of the Common Core in 4th grade. Franki Sibberson shares a booklist of some of her favorite mentor texts for teaching narratives in the intermediate grades.

Informational Snapshot Writing

Heather Rader finds web video is a powerful tool for scaffolding young writers as they produce informational texts.

Mixing Information and Narratives

In this conference from a second-grade classroom, Sean Moore helps Mia flesh out her writing on friendship with examples.

Peer Conferring: The Modeling Phase

Amanda Adrian provides a framework, sample model lesson, and peer conferring guide for students to use as they learn how to respond to their classmates.

Book Matchmaker: Read Aloud Versions of Old Favorites

Franki Sibberson presents some delightful versions of classic tales perfect for read alouds with youngsters.

Formative Assessment: Wall Displays and Conversations in First Grade

Formative assessments are always a priority in classrooms. Cathy Mere explains how she uses a classroom wall display and conversations to highlight strong writing and help her first graders learn to assess improvements in their work.

From Reading to Writing Informational Texts

Aimee Buckner makes some surprising discoveries about what types of texts support writers working in nonfiction genres.

Launching a Punctuation Study in Second Grade

Linda Karamatic is launching a unit on punctuation with her second graders which includes mentor texts, inquiry, and anchor charts.

Chronology in Nonfiction (Common Core Booklist)


Franki Sibberson's latest Common Core booklist includes texts to help students master chronology in nonfiction.

Enlisting a Student as Coteacher

In this second video in a two-part series, Sean Moore invites second grader Isaiah to present his learning to the class.

The Blank Page and Better Teaching

Aimee Buckner learns some important lessons about how images and words work together for student writers when she moves between second- and fifth-grade classrooms.

Conferring to Coteaching

In this first video in a two-part series, Sean Moore confers with second grader Isaiah. Sean prepares Isaiah to share what he is learning later in the writing workshop.

Dear Eve Bunting

A persistent seven-year-old has some powerful messages about confidence, patience, and sending writing out into the world.

When Are Students Ready for Writers’ Notebooks?

Second grade? Third grade? Aimee Buckner breaks down what behaviors to look for if you’re trying to determine when students are ready to move from draft pages or booklets to writers’ notebooks.

Writing, Graphic Organizers, and Mentor Texts

In this video from Sean Moore’s second-grade classroom, Sean demonstrates how to use a graphic organizer with his own writing as the mentor text.

Never Say Never: Motivation to Read from an Unlikely Source

Knock knock. Who’s there? A boy who loves sports and has no motivation for reading. Barclay Marcell discovers an unlikely source of engaging text for a child who just doesn’t enjoy books.

Partner Reading: Helping Peers Teach Peers

In this video from Linda Karamatic’s second-grade classroom, two girls meet with Linda to develop tips to share with their classmates on how to partner read successfully.

Are Your Writers Talking During Writing Workshop?

Stella Villalba shares practical tips for helping young English language learners collaborate with classmates and receive feedback during writing workshop.

From Rages to Rags: Conferring with Conner

When to let a child guess, and when to give the correct answer in a reading conference? That's the struggle for 2nd grade teacher Sean Moore as he confers with Conner.

Rereading Strategy: Conferring with Emily

Sean Moore confers with 2nd grader Emily about the strategy of rereading for comprehending reading and writing.

Focused Independent Reading in Second Grade

Sean Moore demonstrates how he helps students focus their independent reading with preparation and then with discussion after reading.

Found Poetry in Second Grade

Linda Karamatic teaches a small group of her second graders about found poetry.

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