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Jennifer Allen’s years of experience with teacher study groups has led her to best practices that make it “safe and easy” for teachers to learn from each other.
Mary Lee Hahn provides a quick primer for teachers new to graphic novels, as well as suggestions for using these novels to teach comprehension.
Aimee Buckner reveals her guilty pleasures, and finds they make for great writing fodder.
This e-guide includes ten different quotes from a range of educators, activists, authors, and innovators for reflection at all times of the year.
Terms like thinking or comprehension strategies get thrown around a lot, but what do we really mean? Brenda Power helps define seven strategies to build common language and understanding.
TheÂ Two-Column Notes eGuideÂ hasÂ 18 different options for notes in professional development settings.Â These templates are helpful to use in staff meetings and study groups while watching videos, or to focus observations during classroom visits
If there was a centerpiece to teaching writing that also brought students closer together, wouldn't you want to know about it? Read on about the Read-Around.
Notebook Faker Extraordinaire Aimee Bucker writes about how she managed after years of false starts to build the writer's notebook habit one summer not long ago.
This e-guide provides tried-and-true workshops plans for educators in need of energy and encouragement.
Determine importance for yourself using a six-step process that individualizes a plan to help you set limits, study deeply and lead the scholarly life you deserve.
If you've ever compared your classroom to a zoo, this article by Brenda Power is for you. You'll take animal trainer advice like "We change behavior in others by breaking routines in delightful ways" and follow it into the classroom.
What do doughnuts and talk-filled mornings have in common? Learn about this Poetry Friday ritual that impacts independent reading time as well.
This article offers possibilities for observing classrooms focused on talk as an alternative to traditional observation notes.
Debbie Miller advocates for involving children in the organization of materials for readers and writers in the classroom.
Planning with the end in mind is essential for literacy leaders. Jennifer Allen takes us through her process for creating a focused and progressive year-long plan.
In many buddy reading programs we often tout the benefits for the younger, less experienced reader, but Shari Frost tells the story of a “big kid” reader with a legitimate reason to read books that were closer to his independent level. Read on.
Franki Sibberson learns from her daughter about emerging readers and book choice.
Shari Frost describes how literacy coaches shadowed children to get a sense of how much reading students were doing.
Meaningful reading, writing, speaking and listening comes out of thoughtfully planned author studies. Gayle Gentry shares her thinking and planning.
The zone of proximal development continues to be an important frame for noting where writers are at and what's next. Ruth Shagoury lists questions at different phases of writing to help nudge writers forward.
When attendance drops in study groups, here are some ways to get it back on track (or take a new direction entirely).
Debbie Miller questions what our classrooms say about our beliefs and practices, and suggests how to bring our designs into closer alignment with our values.
Kids might be missing out on great books that are a better fit if they are reading books just because they can. Shari Frost delivers a smart reminder about challenging advanced readers.
Finding the right series for a transitional reader is a gift. Franki Sibberson shares her favorite finds.
Brenda Power shares advice from teachers that are building and maintaining inquiry study groups with adults.
Brenda Power and Ruth Shagoury use letters from home to learn about students and build community.
What does Andie Cunningham gets when she mixes pictures from the classroom, messages from families and poetry from teachers? A wonderful recipe for an Honor Book you’ll want to try with your own students.
These are important questions for teachers entering into a co-teaching situation to consider in advance.
We address the issue of resentment by considering how leaders can stay optimistic and use questions to open up a discussion.
Jennifer Allen realizes how much we miss if we wait till the start of the school year to begin mentoring colleagues. When she helps new teacher Jess deal with nightmares about the first day of school, she discovers some big themes they will be mulling together all year long.
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