Come join us at NCTE Saturday, November 17th(L.46):  Planning Writing Studies That Ignite Teacher and Student Curiosity

Join Karen Cohen Caine, Patricia Vitaly-Reilly, Claire Noonan and me on Saturday, November 17th at NCTE (L 46 4:15-5:30) as we think together about ways to reignite curiosity in both

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Homework:  Six Ways That Teachers and Parents Can Work Together To Make Homework More Joyful and More Impactful

              Isn’t it strange how sometimes your best learning comes in your worst moments—those moments when your stress and exhaustion levels are so high,

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Empathy, Flexibility and Choice: The Cornerstones of Independent Writing

This summer I took off my literacy consultant hat for two weeks and replaced it with my teaching hat. I taught Writing Camp at Project Write Now for two glorious

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Because I am both a ‘Mommy’ and an educational consultant, parents and teachers often ask me: What can I do as a parent over the summer (or suggest as a

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The Elephant In The Room: Why Shouldn’t I Pre-Plan A Writing Conference?

Last week, I was studying a kindergarten writing sample with a group of teachers in preparation for a writing conference . Dear Ms. Natale, I think that when people go

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  On Saturday May 5th, Karen Caine and I held our first Saturday Writing (www.saturdaywriting.com). We had the privilege of working with amazing educators from New Jersey school districts such

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Planning Writing Units of Study:  How Much Planning is Enough?

Six years ago, I made the hard, but wonderful decision to try and become a single mom by choice. As part of the process, I had to speak to a

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There are very few people who would disagree with the idea that talk is an essential part of Writing Workshop. But what kinds of talk should kids do? And how

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Have you ever had an ‘aha’ teaching moment? A moment when you realize you want to make a change to how you’ve always done something. And then even more exciting,

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Have you ever wondered how to get kids curious about spelling? If so, read on. Over the holiday break, I read a wonderful new book entitled Spelling It Out by Misty

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