Professional Development to Go
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.
Karen Terlecky coaxes Richard to cut extraneous material from his writing by highlighting the strengths of his writing in this video from her fifth-grade classroom.
Katie DiCesare works with a first grader on the strategy of rereading one’s writing to address conventions and revise the title and ending.
Franki Sibberson shares a range of books that include compelling female characters with a group of fourth-grade girls.
Karen Terlecky confers with fifth grader Alex about making wise choices during independent reading time.
Katie DiCesare confers with first grader Ava about crafting beginnings and endings in nonfiction writing.
Mandy Robek takes her kindergartners through a picture walk using Mrs. Wishy Washy as the text.
Gretchen Taylor meets with three sixth graders for a small-group conference. She begins with information that she gathered from a Google Doc about their annotation process and supports their development of strategies to better understand the book, The Outsiders.
Mandy Robek prepares students for adding to the word wall in kindergarten.
Sean Moore uses poetry for a short minilesson on fluency, and then follows with a partner share and vocabulary discussion. The poem Sean reads with the children is "The Busy Ant" by Mary Ann Hoberman.
In this conference with a 4th grader, Beth Lawson works with a student who has chosen a challenging essay topic and is struggling to develop his thesis.
Tony Keefer previews Infinity Ring with his fourth graders, and talks about the value of book talks for building a reading community.
Mandy Robek guides her kindergartners through a shared writing activity to note super readers’ tools. Several students contribute to a discussion about sounds, known words and letter formation.
Get full access to all Choice Literacy article content
Get full access to all Choice Literacy video content
Receive member-only discounts on books, DVDs and more