Tara Barnett and Kate Mills
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Tara Barnett and Kate Mills are longtime contributors to Choice Literacy. They met while co-teaching a fourth-grade class, and experienced the powerful effects of professional collaboration on both themselves and the students in the classroom. Tara is now a middle school literacy teacher, and Kate is a K-5 literacy coach. Though they’re no longer in the classroom together, they still depend on each other for professional reflection and growth, and meet up for weekly runs. You can find them on Twitter, @taraandkate.
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Writing from the Heart
Kate Mills and Tara Barnett pour their hearts into teaching writers, but when Tara loses her family dog, she is reminded that writing is the thing that helps us understand what’s most important.
Teaching Students to Be Teachers
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills share a process for empowering students to be teachers in partnerships and small-group instruction.
Letting Informational Mentors Lead the Way
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills share a practical process for using an informational mentor text to support students as readers and writers. Download a note sheet to support students in noticing text structure.
Infusing Poetic Techniques in Our Writing
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills show how to infuse poetic techniques into writing other genres.
What Should I Teach in a Writing Conference?
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills guide us in determining what to teach in a writing conference. Included is a template to use for conference notes.
Coaching Minute: Creating a Sign-Up for Coaching
Kate Mills and Tara Barnett streamline the sign-up system for working with a coach.
A PLC Planning Template to Help Focus Work with Teachers
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills share a PLC planning template they created to help focus their meetings to be relevant and clear. Included are links to download the template plus two completed templates to see how they worked in action.
Stay Sharp with Professional Reading
Kate Mills and Tara Barnett share ways to stay sharp with professional reading.
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