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Talking About Synthesis: Metaphors from 2nd Graders

Principal Karen Szymusiak visits a second-grade classroom in her school to sit in on a discussion of synthesis.

Literacy Chats with Teachers: Routines and Guidelines

Principal Karen Szymusiak and Literacy Coach Pam Hahlen meet with grades 3-5 teachers to discuss current literacy concerns. Topics include reading workshop and connections across the intermediate grades.

Literacy Chats: An Open Discussion Format

Principal Karen Szymusiak and Literacy Coach Pam Hahlen meet with grades K-2 teachers to discuss current literacy concerns. Topics include reading workshop and classroom environments.

Listen In: XBox Game Writing

Heather confers with Cody about his gaming story. He starts off the conference by reading aloud an excerpt of his writing. Heather responds to it personally as well as compliments his growing awareness of audience. She then uses a mentor text “Shortstop from Tokyo” by Matt Christopher to show him how long and short sentences can be used to make active writing engaging. She ends with an invitation to play with this concept in his writing.

Conferring: Stretching Words

Beth Lawson works with an English language learner writing his first sentence, School is over. Using tools of an alphabet chart and the strategy of stretching it out, this student works through the sentence with Beth's support.

Point of View in Historical Fiction: 5th Grade Minilesson

In this demonstration lesson from a fifth-grade classroom, Aimee Buckner works with students to construct an anchor chart for understanding the genre of historical fiction.

Point of View: Conferring with a 5th Grade Reader

In this conference with a fifth grader, Aimee Buckner shares two strategies -- one to use when putting a book away between readings, and another to help keep track of characters in a complex narrative where the point of view is constantly shifting.

Concepts of Print: Conferring with a Kindergartner

Joan Moser confers with Mariano, a kindergartner who is beginning to understand basic concepts of print.

Learning to Cross-Check: Conferring with Hailey

Joan Moser confers with Hailey, a kindergartner who is working on the skill of accuracy through the strategy of cross-checking.

Fluency in Focus: Conferring with Jake

Gail Boushey confers with Jake during reading workshop. Jake has a goal of working on fluency in his reading. Click here to download the workshop guide. COMMON CORE CONNECTIONS:  RF.1.4....

Conferring Close-Up: Test-Taking Strategies (Part 2)

Andrea Smith leads her fourth-grade class during word study time as they analyze a math word problem. In this video, she chats with two girls who are considering the word problem. This is the second video in a three-part series.

Reading Word Problems: Test-Taking Skills (Part 1)

Andrea Smith leads her 4th grade class during word study time as they analyze a math word problem. She uses an anchor chart developed by the class that lists math skills and strategies that are essential for success.

Class Discussion: Test-Taking Strategies (Part 3)

Andrea Smith leads her 4th grade class during word study time as they analyze a math word problem. In this video, she debriefs with the whole class after partner work. This is the final video in a three-part series.

Fonts: Small Group and Conferring with Intermediate Writers

In this follow-up to a whole class lesson and discussion of fonts, Franki Sibberson pulls together a group of 3rd and 4th graders from her class who have asked to be a part of a small group on fonts.

Working on Accuracy and Fluency: Conferring with Colin

Joan Moser confers with Colin, a first grader who is working on the skills of fluency and accuracy.

Drawing to Learn: Conferring with Luis

In this four-minute video, Andie Cunningham confers with Luis during writing workshop. Luis is a six-year-old English language learner whose passion is drawing.

Revising Titles Minilesson

In this minilesson from Franki Sibberson's grades 3 and 4 classroom, Franki takes students through the process of selecting and revising titles. For young students having trouble understanding that writing revision involves more than just adding text, a minilesson on revising titles is a quick and easy way to show the power of making small changes to drafts.

Crafting Characters in Writer’s Workshop

In this lesson from writer's workshop, Franki Sibberson shows how shared text can be used to help young writers understand character traits and development.

Fonts Lesson: A Revision Strategy for Transitional Writers

Franki Sibberson teaches a minilesson on fonts as a revision strategy for her grades 3 and 4 students.

Conferring with Anna

Anna is a five-year-old student in an Oregon kindergarten classroom who speaks Vietnamese at home. In this conference with Ruth Shagoury, she shares writing about her classmates and a snake, testing out her growing knowledge of the alphabet, sounds, and the purposes of writing.

Conferring with Emily

In this conference with six-year-old Emily, Ruth Shagoury looks for a way into a conversation by using Emily's drawings, previous writing, and interests. Emily's first language is Hmong, and she is experimenting with Chinese characters in her writing.

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