Staff Development: Coaching versus Demonstration

Welcome Ariana Cate Mermelstein!!!!! First, I want to let all of my friends and colleagues know that my daughter Ariana Cate Mermelstein was born on December 25th, 2012 at 4:15. 

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Teaching and Living with Persistence and Resilience

Read on to see how I coped the week I had head lice, a flat tire and food poisoning all the while being 5 months pregnant… In my last blog,

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Qualities of a Self-Directed Writer

This summer I’ve been hard at work writing a draft of my new book that is about creating self-directed learners in the Writing Workshop.  Today as the school year begins

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A Close-In Look at Supports for the Writing Process

Greetings everyone! I hope that you are having a great time in your classroom and are starting to look forward to some relaxing summer days! In this blog post I

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Working On Your Own Writing Can Help You Plan Units of Study

I want to share a quick but powerful story that recently happened to me when I went to do work in the Danbury School District.  The reason I want to

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Structuring Your Minilessons to Support Self-Directed Learners

Greetings! In today’s blog post I’m going to continue thinking about how to create self-directed learners: learners who are excited, engaged and continually making decisions on their own. The number

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Teaching Kids to Be Self-Directed During Writing Conferences

For those of you who have been reading my past blogs, you know I have recently been focusing many of them on ways to get kids to become more self-directed. 

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Top Five Reasons to Begin Your Writing Units of Study With Immersion

By Paula Jensvold “Mrs. Tavares, we are not quite ready to write. Tomorrow I think we should partner read books so we can learn more about how to write non-fiction.”

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Some Rough Draft Thinking about the Independent Phase of Writing Workshop

Over the past few months, I’ve dedicated my blog to ideas for helping kids become more independent during Writing Workshop. As I’ve written these blogs, I’ve struggled a bit with

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Independent Writers II

When I speak to teachers, coaches and principals, they always say that one of the biggest obstacles to a successful Writing Workshop is creating independent writers. I’m not talking here

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