Melanie Meehan is the Elementary Writing and Social Studies Coordinator in Simsbury, Connecticut. She began her educational career over 20 years ago, teaching reading and writing workshops in a self-contained classroom of emotionally deprived students. She stayed home for ten years, serving on the local Board of Education and raising her four daughters, before returning to the classroom. In addition to learning with both students and teachers, Melanie loves to spend time with her family. She has many fictional works in progress and blogs with Melanie Swider at Two Reflective Teachers.
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Melanie Meehan explains why it is important to mentor students who are struggling with correct examples, and why she cautions writing teachers to avoid “find the mistakes” exercises.
When students set intentions, reflection and celebration go hand in hand. Melanie Meehan explains how teachers can help students become more explicit about intentions with practical cues from bulletin boards and index cards.
Melanie Meehan shares her agenda items and strategies for productive regular meetings between literacy coaches and principals.
Melanie Meehan shares some of her favorite templates for flexible lesson planning with teachers.
Melanie Meehan personalizes learning for teachers by helping them develop chartbooks to use in workshops.
Melanie Meehan considers content and context for students who struggle to master new skills because of a lack of background knowledge.
Melanie Meehan shares questions and reflection prompts to make the "turn and talk" strategy more effective.
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