Some thoughts about the first few days of school

Most of you are probably back to school now so I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you the happiest of new years! The start of the year for

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Balancing Planning and Listening

Happy school year to some and almost new school year to others! Over the past few years, I’ve been thinking a lot about the relationship between two vital parts of

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Balancing Planning and Listening

Happy school year to some and almost new school year to others! Over the past few years, I’ve been thinking a lot about the relationship between two vital parts of

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Using the Common Core Standards to Support the Planning of a Language Arts Curriculum

During the summer, I spend my days running week long summer courses for teachers that address both Reading and Writing Workshop. One of the things I do during these courses

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Reflecting Upon Literacy Work

As June rolls in, it’s a great time to reflect upon your years work in the area of reading and writing.  When reflecting, we often think about what we want

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Writing Units of Study that Align with the Common Core Standards

Many of the schools I work with are trying to create units of study in both Writing and Reading Workshop that align with the Common Core Standards (For more information

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Teaching Honesty in the Writing Workshop

Chances are if you’re reading this blog, Writing Workshop happens in your classroom or in your school.  You probably know and follow the structure of Writing Workshop (mini-lesson, work time,

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5 Ways to Lift the Level of Non-Fiction Writing

March has been a crazy but wonderful month of learning with teachers, principals, coaches and most importantly kids. Many of the teachers I work with have recently been conducting non-fiction

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Independence

In my travels many teachers have asked me how to get all kids to be able to work independently during Writing Workshop. Because a story can teach so much I’m

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Stories that Energize and Revitalize my Teaching

In my job as an educational consultant I feel privileged to spend a good portion of my time working directly with kids in the classroom. Much of what I learn

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