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Monitoring for Meaning: Fourth-Grade Small Group

In this demonstration small group, Tammy Mulligan teaches fourth graders strategies to monitor for meaning. The demonstration lesson includes a planning session with the teacher and a debrief.  

Monitoring Meaning in First Grade

In this demonstration small group, Clare Landrigan helps first graders Tristan and Abby monitor meaning. The video includes excerpts from the planning and debriefing sessions with the children's teacher.  

Reading Response in Third Grade: Demonstration Small Group

Tammy Mulligan leads a group of third graders in a small group designed to deepen their reading response. The video includes excerpts from the planning and debrief sessions with their...

Learning Labs for Professional Development

With a staff of 42 teachers ranging from one year of experience to 30-plus years of experience, differentiation of professional learning is something our school leadership team is constantly struggling...

The Value of Story Play

Recently we were talking with some kindergarten teachers about how we could include opportunities for talk and verbal response to reading. Our data showed that their students needed more opportunity...

The Staircase Reading Response: Demonstration Small Group

In the second of a two-part video series, Clare Landrigan leads a demonstration small group with fourth graders who have an intriguing way of responding to reading.

The Staircase Reading Response: Planning Session

In this first video in a two-part series, Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan meet with fourth-grade teachers to assess student reading responses and plan a demonstration small group that Clare...

Coaching the Nuts and Bolts of Book Bags

We are seeing reading workshop thriving in classrooms where we coach teachers. It is so exciting to hear students talking about the books they like, the authors they have discovered,...

Pictures First

In this demonstration lesson, Clare Landrigan instructs a group of kindergartners who are stuck on the strategy of only "sounding it out" to decipher text.  

Demonstration Lesson: Reading Response in Notebooks

Tammy Mulligan leads a demonstration small group with fourth graders on writing responses to reading. The session includes a prebrief and debrief with the fourth-grade teaching team.  

Demonstration Lesson: Learning from Series Books

Tammy Mulligan leads a demonstration lesson with a group of fourth graders who are reading series books. The lesson includes a prebrief and debrief with their teacher.  

Demonstration Small Group: Retelling Strategies in First Grade

In this demonstration lesson, Clare Landrigan works with a group of first graders who need help developing retelling skills. The video includes a prebrief and debrief with the classroom teacher...

Book Shopping as a Literacy Coach

On a gorgeous June day, a few days after our school year finished, I went to our local independent bookstore, Cover to Cover, with friends. This is always a dangerous...

First-Grade Nonfiction Retelling Small-Group Demonstration Lesson

Clare Landrigan leads a nonfiction retelling small-group demonstration lesson. The video includes a prebrief and debrief with the teacher.    

Third-Grade Demonstration Lesson: Multisyllabic Words

In this small-group demonstration lesson, Tammy Mulligan helps third graders decipher multisyllabic words. The video includes a prebrief and debrief with the classroom teacher.  

Determining Importance: Demonstration Small-Group Lesson in Third Grade

Tammy Mulligan leads a demonstration small group with third graders on determining importance. The video includes a prebrief and debrief with the teacher.  

Coaching Minute: That’s Me

Heather Rader shares an easy icebreaker to use when you are visiting a class of students for the first time in this quick video tip. A transcript is available below...

Demonstration Lesson: Deeper Reading with Advanced Third Graders

Clare Landrigan works with a third-grade teacher and two of her students to help two advanced students read deeply and look for evidence in texts in this demonstration lesson. The...

Multiple Strategies for Kindergarten Readers

Tammy Mulligan explains why it's important to encourage kindergarten students to use other strategies beyond "sound it out" in this demonstration small group.  

Coaching Minute: Kinesthetic Transitions

Heather Rader has fun transition suggestions for use during demonstration lessons in this quick video tip. A transcript is available below the player.       When doing a demo...

Mentor Texts for the Writing Process

A staple in every literacy coach’s toolbox is a library of mentor texts. Coaches share these books with teachers as well as students in minilessons to show them how published...