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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...

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.

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....

First Grade Guided Writing Group: Goldilocks and the Three Writers

Katie DiCesare leads a guided writing group in her first-grade classroom. Click here to download the workshop guide. COMMON CORE CONNECTIONS: L.1.4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and...

Noticing Interesting Words: Small-Group Vocabulary Lesson

In this brief video, Gail Boushey (of “The Sisters”) leads a small-group lesson on vocabulary. In the debrief following the lesson, Gail talks with Joan Moser about vocabulary instruction, and...

Introverts and Reading Share Sessions

In this brief video from a reading share session in first grade, Katie DiCesare has three students describe strategies they used during reading workshop.

Teaching Stamina Strategies to First Graders

Tammy Mulligan works with two seven-year-olds to teach them strategies for building reading stamina.

Picking a Partner: Demonstration Lesson and Debrief

In this demonstration lesson from a K-2 classroom, Joan Moser leads students through guided practice in picking a partner.

Conferring with Sebastian: Independent Reading in First Grade

Katie DiCesare confers with first grader Sebastian. Sebastian is an early reader who loves characters and adventure. Katie helps Sebastian prepare to talk with his peers about a new series he is enjoying.

Rehearsing Informational Writing

Stella Villalba confers with first grader Jocelyn about the informational text she is writing about bunnies. Jocelyn is an English language learner, and this conference demonstrates the value of oral rehearsal for young ELL writers.

Read Aloud: Vocabulary and Retelling Strategies

Stella Villalba scaffolds the language development of her first- and second-grade English language learners during read-aloud by highlighting vocabulary and providing a tool to assist with a partner retelling activity.

Conferring to Build Stamina in First Grade

Katie DiCesare works with first grader JJ to help him meld decoding and comprehension skills. She’s chosen a longer book titled Lost Socks to challenge him. This video includes her post-conference reflection.

Addressing Conventions: Conferring with Jack

Katie DiCesare works with a first grader on the strategy of rereading one’s writing to address conventions and revise the title and ending.

First Grade Conference: Beginnings and Endings in Nonfiction

Katie DiCesare confers with first grader Ava about crafting beginnings and endings in nonfiction writing.

Nonfiction Reading Group in First Grade

Katie DiCesare brings together a group of her first-grade students who are reading nonfiction, helping them to expand the ways they share what they are learning with classmates.

Picture Reading in First Grade

In this read-aloud lesson from Katie DiCesare's first-grade classroom, Katie demonstrates the importance of picture reading using the picture book The Zoo by Suzy Lee. Because the students need the pictures to help understand the characters, setting and events, they are able to see how pictures help us “think in the story” and “figure out the words.”

Conferring in First Grade

This video from Katie DiCesare's first-grade classroom demonstrates a range of conferring in the midst of writing workshop -- from quick on the fly conferences, to small group brainstorming of ideas, to more sustained instruction of individual letter sounds and concepts.

Digging Deeper with Rereading

In this video from Katie DiCesare's first-grade classroom, Katie uses the strategy of rereading to help students look more closely at words - in this case, rhymes and word parts.

Purposeful Writing Share Sessions in 1st Grade

Katie DiCesare explains how she has made her whole-class writing share more purposeful during writing workshop. The video includes an example of a share session.

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