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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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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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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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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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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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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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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