Katie Baydo-Reed

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Katie Baydo-Reed teaches middle school in Lacey, Washington and has been part of the Puget Sound Writing Project.

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Home and School, Fiction and Nonfiction: Eighth-Grade Conference

Katie Baydo-Reed confers with an eighth-grade student moving between fiction and nonfiction texts, and gives advice about which books are appropriate for home reading.

Writing Fiction: More Than Just a Walk in the Park

Is there room for fiction writing in middle schools in the age of the Common Core? Katie Baydo-Reed shares eight compelling reasons why fiction writing is still essential in her eighth-grade classroom.

Previewing a Book with an Eighth Grader

In this brief conference, Katie Baydo-Reed chats with an eighth grader as he previews The Wednesday Wars and makes connections to the main character.

no i don’t think you need to shave

Katie Baydo-Reed lays down the law for her eighth graders about capitalization and the use of periods, with excellent and hilarious results. This piece will make you laugh out loud at the gaps between the ways teachers and teenagers think.

Modeling Annotation in 8th Grade

This video from Katie Baydo-Reed’s eighth-grade classroom is the second part of a series on teaching annotation skills in middle school. A catch-up link to the first video in the series is provided.

Exploring Rick Riordan Books in an 8th Grade Conference

In this video from Katie Baydo-Reed’s 8th grade classroom, Katie confers a student about his favorite Rick Riordan books and his plans for future reading.

Transitioning to an E-Book Reader in 8th Grade

Katie Baydo-Reed works with Mike, an eighth grader who is using an ebook reader for the first time.

The Truth About Building a Writing Community in Middle School

Building a sense of community is complicated in middle school classrooms. Katie Baydo-Reed considers her eighth graders, and is surprised at what endures most with these young teens.


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