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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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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Writing Clubs

Is it possible for parents and teachers to make writing enjoyable and deeply engaging for kids? Not only is it is possible but it’s one of the MOST important things

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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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The Small Stuff (which really is the big stuff)

Last week, my daughter sat next to me while I was working and wrote a fiction book about fruit and a non-fiction book about balloons. All her idea and all

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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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