Franki Sibberson has worked for over 30 years as an educator in many different roles – teaching children in a variety of elementary grades, assisting struggling readers in an intervention position, guiding literacy programs K – 12 in the central district office, as an elementary librarian and leading workshops for teachers at the state, regional, and national level.
Her writing and video work as a lead contributor for Choice Literacy keeps us updated on the latest and greatest books as well as practical “how-tos” on assessment, comprehension, word work, technology and more. Franki is the co-author of many books and videos on teaching reading in the intermediate grades, including Beyond Leveled Books, Still Learning to Read, Day-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop, and Digital Reading: What’s Essential in Grades 3-8.
Franki also writes regularly on the blog she shares with Mary Lee Hahn, A Year of Reading. She is currently the president of NCTE.
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Fifth-grade writers in Franki Sibberson’s classroom encourage each other and suggest revisions to their opinion-writing drafts in partner teams.
Franki Sibberson explains how carefully curated text sets can help students move beyond a “just the facts” exploration of nonfiction topics.
Franki Sibberson asks a critical question: Do students need to love the read alouds we share in classrooms? She works to move students beyond shallow like/don’t like responses to books.
Franki Sibberson uses status of the class each day as a window into her fledgling reading community.
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