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 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.
In this video series, Franki Sibberson’s fifth graders share their strategies for annotating the class read aloud. In this installment, Antonio shares his Google Slides.
In this video series, Franki Sibberson’s fifth graders share their strategies for annotating the class read-aloud. In this installment, Lauren uses Google Docs to record questions to explore as she listens.
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