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Reimagining Reading Logs

Reading logs are a part of many classrooms. This session carves out space for teachers to consider the purpose of reading logs. Clare Landrigan makes the comparison between reading logs and running logs in a demonstration lesson. A choice of articles is given for participants to think more deeply about the purpose of reading logs.

Onward! Reflection and Goal-Setting

Reflective practice and goal-setting are important practices for educators. Jen Schwanke leads the way in encouraging a positive mindset and reflective practice anchored in gratitude. When paired with Jaz Ampaw-Farr‘s...

Developing a Scholarly Voice

Many students use a casual voice in formal writing. Christy Rush-Levine shares how to help student writers understand and develop a scholarly tone. Planning Resources Click here to download the...

Digital Reading Strategies

As we encounter more digital texts, we must consider the reading strategies needed to understand them. In this session, participants will reflect on their own reading lives and identities as...

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:...

Teaching Students How to Give Revision Suggestions

ARTICLE: Franki Sibberson shares a lesson progression to help students learn how to give helpful revision feedback. She uses online videos and resources to support her work. VIDEO: Dana Murphy...

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.

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