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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Minilessons: How to make them more effective and less stressful!

Picture this classroom scene. You are teaching a writing minilesson. When the lesson is completed, you ask students to try what you just taught. For some, this is no big

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Planning Writing Units of Study

Lately, I’ve been planning a lot of Writing Units of Study. Yes, the teachers I work with plan their own Units of Study! It’s hard work, especially the first few

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Back to blogging and back to school

As August comes to a close, I am getting excited for a new year filled with teaching and blogging! Last year was a challenging one for me.  The politics and

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Happy New Year!

It’s been a long time! I hope everyone has had a great start to the year. Although I have been busy this summer keeping up with an active toddler, I

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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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