Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan manage to synthesize workspace cleanup, student independence, and a concrete analogy for strategy work in classrooms.
Stella Villalba incorporates more speaking and listening activities into her primary classroom for English language learners.
Melissa Styger invites colleagues and family members into the classroom to share their writing process with students.
In this second video from a four-part series, Sean Moore confers with a student about adding details to his writing.
Amanda Adrian continues her series on how teachers can scaffold and model peer conferring. In this installment, Amanda uses the fishbowl technique with students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heather Rader finds web video is a powerful tool for scaffolding young writers as they produce informational texts.
In this conference from a second-grade classroom, Sean Moore helps Mia flesh out her writing on friendship with examples.
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.
Franki Sibberson presents some delightful versions of classic tales perfect for read alouds with youngsters.
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.
Aimee Buckner makes some surprising discoveries about what types of texts support writers working in nonfiction genres.
Linda Karamatic is launching a unit on punctuation with her second graders which includes mentor texts, inquiry, and anchor charts.
Franki Sibberson's latest Common Core booklist includes texts to help students master chronology in nonfiction.
In this second video in a two-part series, Sean Moore invites second grader Isaiah to present his learning to the class.
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.
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.
A persistent seven-year-old has some powerful messages about confidence, patience, and sending writing out into the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stella Villalba shares practical tips for helping young English language learners collaborate with classmates and receive feedback during writing workshop.
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.
Sean Moore confers with 2nd grader Emily about the strategy of rereading for comprehending reading and writing.
Sean Moore demonstrates how he helps students focus their independent reading with preparation and then with discussion after reading.
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