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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Independent Writers I

Creating independent writers is essential! There are many things that kids need to be able to do in order to work independently during Writing Workshop, but below are two that

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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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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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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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Effective Teaching Should Create Powerful Learning

Teaching is so different now than it was when I was teaching in the classroom (I feel like I am 145 after saying a comment like that.) When I taught,

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Play, Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop: Is There a Connection?

Often when I visit schools to help teachers with Reading and Writing Workshop, they assume that because I believe in Reading and Writing Workshop I am not a big advocate

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