Katherine Sokolowski’s students love writing fiction, but their skills don’t match their enthusiasm. A field trip helps bridge that gap.
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan are using reading notebook covers in ingenious ways.
Mary Lee Hahn begins the year with honest and open discussions with her fifth-grade students about diversity.
Karen Terlecky confers with Sam about adding dialogue to writing in her fifth-grade classroom.
Katherine Sokolowski uses read alouds early in the year to help students reflect on how to be kind and thoughtful members of a classroom community.
Melanie Swider enhances read alouds and the entire reading workshop with creative uses for reading notebooks.
Katherine Sokolowski explains why it is important to sort and weed out books carefully before the new year begins.
In this discussion with fifth graders about her book Paper Things, author Jennifer Richard Jacobson and the students share strategies and tools for visualizing scenes and characters when they are writing stories.
Maria Caplin has suggestions for making transitions to digital literacy in reading and writing workshops.
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.
Katherine Sokolowski helps her fifth graders build notetaking skills for research.
Melanie Meehan finds third grade is a good age for helping students develop paragraphing skills.
Katherine Sokolowski finds Padlet is a great tool for compiling learning and building community.
Maria Caplin develops a system for helping students move beyond simple goals like noting the number of pages read.
Are you finding effort from students is flagging? Katherine Sokolowski develops check-in sheets as a way to lift student energy and reflection.
Melanie Meehan finds a notebooks tour is a terrific minilesson for helping students expand the ways they use notebooks.
Melanie Swider describes how she develops notebook pages for minilessons and conferring.
Katherine Sokolowski gives advice for integrating student teachers into literacy workshop instruction.
Justin Stygles decides he needs to completely rethink the role of classroom aides.
Maria Caplin explains how a digital status sheet saves minutes every week that add up to extra hours of instructional time over the year.
Andrea Smith explains why infographics are more useful than ever in the age of the Common Core, and provides many links to free infographic resources on the web.
Justin Stygles finds Google Earth is a marvelous tool for helping students research settings in novels.
Bill Bass has advice for teaching web-based search skills to students.
Max Brand uses written blind word sorts to build student word learning skills.
Maria Caplin is discouraged at the low level of transfer of new vocabulary in her fifth graders’ writing, so she makes some changes in her classroom.
Andrea Smith shares some of her favorite nonfiction classroom displays.
The line between fiction and nonfiction can be fuzzy, but Tony Keefer finds what matters most is finding texts that captivate readers.
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