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Balancing small groups and conferences is essential for transferring learning from lessons and units, and it’s one of the trickiest tasks for teachers. Dana Murphy explains how she works toward balance in her classroom, weighing everything from the timeline of the unit to the intensity of the minilesson.
Dana Murphy confers with Krisha over her reading, talking about the value of using a book’s back cover for previewing.
Dana Murphy meets with a group of fifth graders to explore character development in their reading.
Dana Murphy leads a minilesson in fifth grade on revising narrative writing.
Dana Murphy meets with a group of fifth graders to work on strategies for understanding unknown words.
Partner work is an essential component of many literacy workshops. Dana Murphy explains how she is intentional in building thoughtful routines and expectations for partner work in her fifth-grade classroom.
Fifth graders use a visual tool to help them build on each other’s ideas in book clubs. They are applying a strategy demonstrated in an earlier minilesson.
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