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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If you are a teacher, it’s safe to say that you have probably experienced professional development that wasn’t, shall we say, as inspiring as you would like it to be.

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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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The Beauty of Confusion

One thing is for sure. Learning is a messy, uncertain process. Many teachers embrace this idea; while others cringe at the thought of anything that is untidy, or not 100%

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Teacher Engagement

  Do you have time to plan and implement lessons collaboratively with your colleagues? Have you ever watched your students with others, noting what the kids learned and/or are still

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What does Charlotte’s Web Teach Us about the Importance of Optimism?

Can we change the fate of our students with our optimism? I think we can. Look what optimism did for the pig, Wilbur in the book, Charlotte’s Web.  Charlotte contrived

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How Can A Blank Booklet Improve Student Writing?

  Sometime teaching writing doesn’t have to be hard!  Here is a simple technique you can try tomorrow.  Often children tell stories and then we encourage them to write those

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In-Classroom Visits:  A Wonderful Way to Learn New Writing Techniques

Many people have asked me what a typical day looks like when I visit a school. Although the work will look different depending upon where I go and what the

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