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Ruth Ayres confers with second grader Max about the story of his lost dog, and uses a mentor text to demonstrate the power of two-page spreads. Click here to download...
Beth Lawson shows how to get the most from a conference about series books in third grade. Inferring and synthesis are discussed, as well as the use of written notes for making meaning from texts.
In this 12-minute video, Katie Doherty leads her sixth-grade students as they try the prompt "I am the one who . . ." during writing workshop. This is an excellent activity for building classroom community.
Clare Landrigan leads a "quick and frequent" small group that integrates phonemic-awareness activities with assessment.
Mandy Robek demonstrates the strategies of teach, prompt, and reinforce when conferring with kindergartner Jeri.
Beth Honeycutt confers with eighth grader Zack about his latest reading choice.
Katie Doherty meets with her sixth-grade students who will be sharing their book recommendations to the class.
In this five-minute video room tour, 4th grade teacher Andrea Smith from Dublin, Ohio shows how she builds a classroom community and much of her literacy curriculum from the care and study of unusual pets.
Katie Doherty talks about the links between strategy lessons and book club work in her sixth-grade classroom. Katie also sits in on a book club discussion.
In this demonstration lesson from a K-2 classroom, Joan Moser leads students through guided practice in picking a partner.
In this seven-minute video, Aimee Buckner uses a mentor text to demonstrate how writers construct lively nonfiction paragraphs. The small group has been pulled together because the students need more practice in adding details to their writing.
Linda Karamatic works with two readers who are going to read the same book and support each other with the use of accuracy strategies.
Sometimes using a prop can help young students understand a revision strategy. Heather Rader helps second grader Sammi understand how to "magnify" a moment when revising her writing.
Max Brand demonstrates and explains how movement activities in classrooms with young learners can be much more than a brain break or "getting the wiggles out.” Movement can forge potent connections between mind, body, and story.
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.
Linda Karamatic begins a punctuation study with her second graders, sharing mentor texts, starting an anchor chart, and engaging students in punctuation inquiry partnerships.
Mandy Robek confers with a student over the reading options in his book box.
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.
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.
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.
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