Teacher Engagement

  Do you have time to plan and implement lessons collaboratively with your colleagues? Have you ever watched your students with others, noting what the kids learned and/or are still

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3 Tips For Using Resources Effectively

Are you using a resource to help you teach writing?  Are you feeling overwhelmed and not sure how to use it in a way that promotes joyful and rigorous instruction?

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What does Charlotte’s Web Teach Us about the Importance of Optimism?

Can we change the fate of our students with our optimism? I think we can. Look what optimism did for the pig, Wilbur in the book, Charlotte’s Web.  Charlotte contrived

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How Can A Blank Booklet Improve Student Writing?

  Sometime teaching writing doesn’t have to be hard!  Here is a simple technique you can try tomorrow.  Often children tell stories and then we encourage them to write those

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Why “Ask 3 Before Me” Worries Me (And What I Would Do Instead)

How can it be a bad thing that a child is reaching out for help?  Great question. Let me be clear. Partner work is crucial. I want kids to talk,

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There is no question that the start of the year is stressful but maybe there is something that can help !  While it’s true that there is so much to

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In-Classroom Visits:  A Wonderful Way to Learn New Writing Techniques

Many people have asked me what a typical day looks like when I visit a school. Although the work will look different depending upon where I go and what the

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One Simple Tip for Improving the Feedback You Give Students.

Do you want to give your students feedback in this upcoming school year that dramatically improves their writing? If so, read on. Teachers often prepare for giving feedback by looking

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Make your Planning More Effective With This One Simple Tip!

The new school year is just around the corner. Have you started planning your Writing Workshop? Inherent in Writing Workshop is the use of formative assessment—watching your kids after you

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5 Ways to Make Your Minilessons Stickier

When my daughter, Ariana, turned 3, we started talking about family chores. Initially, her understanding was surface level, but this year, her list of chores has grown and our conversations

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