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Scaffolding Research with Text Sets

Sometimes students have a difficult time learning to research in efficient ways. Text sets are one way to scaffold the research process for students who are preparing to write informative...

Supporting Sophisticated Book Club Conversations

Support sophisticated Book Club Conversations by pairing a minilesson about building on conversation by Dana Murphy with an article about fostering cultural awareness by Gretchen Schroeder.

Response to Read Aloud

Tammy Mulligan enhances the quality of the class read aloud and student discussions with the use of a whole-class response notebook.  Franki Sibberson shares how she integrates student choice and...

“Who I Am” Early in the Year

ARTICLE: Tara Barnett and Kate Mills start with the poem “Where I’m From” to build community through literacy at the start of the year. VIDEO: Katie Doherty leads her sixth-grade...

Short Research Projects in the Intermediate Grades

VIDEO: Katherine Sokolowski meets briefly with a group of fifth-grade girls to go through the notes they are taking for their environmental studies project and talk through next steps. ARTICLE:...

Getting Started with Lunchtime Author Groups

Gigi McAllister helps a group of fourth graders evaluate questions for fostering good group discussions.

Tools for Reading Conferences

Deb Gaby confers with second grader Reagan early in the school year. She is reading her first chapter book, and using a reading strategies "toolkit" for support.

Previewing Book Club Books

Gigi McAllister finds taking time to have students browse texts before forming book clubs makes all the difference in the quality of the discussions.

More Thoughtful Read Alouds

Franki Sibberson shares strategies for deeper reflection from students during read aloud to help them move beyond “like/don’t like” responses to books. The strategies include pausing for written reflection, partner...

Homework Challenges

This professional development session is designed to help participants explore the concept of weekly “homework challenges,” as well as to consider what is working well with their homework program and...

Assessing in the Midst: Using Charts and Exit Slips

Melanie Meehan shares some ways teachers can press the pause button in the midst of teaching to assess whether they are teaching the right lesson at the right time. The...

Better Family Communication

Gigi McAllister gives a brief explanation of how her thinking on goal setting has changed, as well as the ways in which she uses student goals to connect with parents. Max Brand shares strategies for helping parents talk with students.

Building Identity and Community

Katherine Sokolowski shares a wall display from her fifth graders that students build to celebrate who they are and people they love from home. The reading is from Suzy Kaback, explaining the value of an "All About Us" board in classrooms.

Scaffolding Partner Work

Katherine Sokolowski scaffolds fifth graders Liam and Caden through the process of learning to recommend books to each other. The workshop includes reading from Tara Barnett and Kate Mills with suggestions for fostering better partnerships through student-created "want ads."

Choosing Mentor Texts for Demonstration Lessons

This workshop is designed for use with literacy coaches and school leaders leading demonstration lessons, but it can easily be adapted to use with teachers choosing mentor texts for minilessons...

Better Student-Led Literature Discussions in Fourth Grade

Gigi McAllister helps a group of fourth graders evaluate questions for fostering good group discussions.

Writing Share Structures in the Primary Grades

Sean Moore leads his second graders in a whole-class discussion of nonfiction writing, including a partner share.

Post It Prove It

Leslie Lloyd preserves instructional time by having her third-grade students share their Post It Prove It notes on a bulletin board throughout the reading workshop. Click here to download the...

Envisioning Writing in First Grade

In this minilesson, Katie DiCesare helps her first-grade students "envision" their writing drafts. The lesson focuses on creating mental images to conjure up stronger verbs and adjectives while writing.

Flexible Groups: Moving Beyond Levels to Assess Reading Needs

Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (“The Sisters”) discuss how their thinking has evolved when it comes to flexible groups. The video excerpt shows Joan working with a group of kindergartners....

Launching and Sustaining Writers’ Notebooks

Ruth Ayres confers with third grader Jade about the value of collecting ideas in her writer’s notebook, and shares some strategies for organizing the information. Click here to download the...

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