Max’s teaching experience includes work in urban classrooms and the suburbs throughout central Ohio. He has worked at all grades at the elementary level (except 4th), and as Reading Recovery Teacher and Teacher Leader for the Ohio State Literacy Collaborative. Max is the author of two books, Word Savvy and Practical Fluency for Stenhouse Publishers.
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Max Brand demonstrates basic drawing strategies early in the year, and then has his kindergartners attempt similar pictures. He explains how the exercise builds basic skills both in literacy and hand/eye coordination.
Max Brand challenges himself to let a student take more of the lead during a writing tutoring session.
Max Brand tutors a struggling fourth grader who produces very little writing.
Max Brand uses written blind word sorts to build student word learning skills.
Max Brand brings a mother into the assessment process and teaches her what to observe as her child reads.
Helping parents learn to talk with their children about what’s going on in the classroom may be more valuable than any homework teachers assign. Max Brand shares some practical tips and prompts he gives to families to launch conversations at the dinner table or in the car.
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