Gigi McAllister

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Gigi McAllister has been teaching for over 20 years. She is currently a literacy coach in Maine and has also taught regular and special education classes in grades 1-6.  She writes about books and teaching at The Late Bloomer’s Book Blog.

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Reading The Crossover: Fourth-Grade Reading Group

Gigi McAllister leads a group of boys who are just starting the novel in verse The Crossover in her fourth-grade classroom.

Reading Partners: Process Discussion

Gigi McAllister helps fourth-grade reading partners evaluate their success and areas to work on in their partnership.

Fourth-Grade Minilesson: Character Traits

Gigi McAllister helps her fourth graders develop the characters in their writing with a minilesson. She uses three mentor texts, one of which is her own writing.

Talk Guide

Gigi McAllister presents a guide to her fourth-grade students to improve talk in reading trios.

Self-Assessment and Goal Setting

Gigi McAllister is disappointed by the shallow and unexpected responses by her fourth graders to literacy rubrics at the end of the year. The experience sends her on a quest to do a better job of helping her students learn to set goals and understand what measurable progress looks like over time.

Talk Expectations in Reading Groups

Gigi McAllister assists a group of students who are trying out bookmarks of discussion prompts for literature groups.

Better Student-Led Literature Discussions

Gigi McAllister tries student-led discussion groups in her fourth-grade classroom, with disastrous results. She regroups the following year with multiple lessons, anchor charts, and preparation to ensure success.


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