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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It would be easy to zip quickly through a writing conference about a vacation story, especially one about a trip to Disney. In this video, Franki Sibberson slows down with Ben to explore how he is meeting his goal of adding descriptive language to writing, using digital tools to assist.
Franki Sibberson leads a minilesson in her fifth-grade classroom to help students design their own lessons. Students also assess what goes into a high-quality minilesson.
Franki Sibberson pulls together a group of fifth graders to explore writing mentors together.
Students can claim who they are as readers and writers by designing and presenting minilessons to their peers. In this week’s video, fifth grader Reagan from Franki Sibberson’s classroom presents a lesson on annotating reading with sticky notes.
Franki Sibberson shares how she integrates student choice and collaboration into reading response during daily read alouds.
Fifth-grade writers in Franki Sibberson’s classroom encourage each other and suggest revisions to their opinion writing drafts in partner teams.
Franki Sibberson initiates student-led minilessons, and finds the process takes her literacy workshops to a new level of independence and energy.
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