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For the past 30 years, Andrea Smith has learned with children in Texas, Colorado, and Indiana before finally landing in Ohio. Her first 17 teaching years were spent in primary classrooms before she was encouraged to work in an intermediate classroom. Her third and fourth graders spark a new energy for teaching, and she is grateful to spend each school day with so many fascinating learners. When she isn’t working on school projects or exploring the world with her husband and daughter, Andrea enjoys reading and writing articles for Choice Literacy. She is currently working on a e-book for Choice Literacy about the nonfiction routines in her classroom.
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Conferring with Reading Partners in Fourth Grade
Andrea Smith talks with two boys about the book they are reading, Island. They discuss the way their partnership is going, even though the partners are reading at different paces.
Owl Design Strategy Group Meeting
Andrea Smith meets with a group of fourth-grade girls who are completing designs as part of the owl habitat project.
Owl Research: Getting Organized
Andrea Smith checks in on a group of boys who are doing research into owl habitat, helping them organize their work and plans.
Beyond Plot: Conferring with Ian
Andrea Smith confers with fourth grader Ian, who is plowing through a book series. She helps him look at the bigger picture of characters, themes, and how the series might end.
Compass Points and Empathy
Andrea Smith uses the “compass points” strategy to provoke better whole-class discussions and reflection during read alouds.
Flexible Seating: Mid-Year Tweaks with Book Nooks
Have you revisited your classroom design since September? Andrea Smith and her fourth graders get over the midwinter blahs by refreshing classroom seating together.
Color-Symbol-Image: A Thinking Routine for Read Alouds
Andrea Smith uses the Color-Symbol-Image thinking routine during read alouds to promote deeper reflection among students.
Building a Reflective Community
Andrea Smith builds reflection into whole-class discussions in her fourth-grade classroom by beginning an anchor chart with four different illustrations from the covers of a read-aloud.
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